Ecotherapy at Open Sky Therapy

Open Sky Therapy aims to help people manage a variety of issues using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Ecotherapy. Both therapies have proven benefits for mental health. I offer one to one CBT sessions in a therapy room, I also offer one to one and group therapy in a less formal outdoors setting. Ecotherapy can mean a multitude of different things. At Open Sky Therapy it is about using the outdoors to help you reconnect with yourself. It’s about giving you some time out; allowing yourself to be more mindful and notice the world around you; to put down the mobile phone for a little while and breathe. This can be surprisingly therapeutic in itself.

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Be Your Own Ecotherapist

Earilier this year results were published from a project lead by Kings College London, into to effects of the outdoors on our mental health.  Using smartphone data the Uban Mind app collected real time data on the impact of nature on mental wellbeing. 

They found:

  1. Being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birdsong, seeing the sky, and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing.
  2. The beneficial effects of nature were especially evident in those individuals with greater levels of impulsivity who are at greater risk of mental health issues.

 

How do we start to incorporate a better connection to the outdoors in to our everyday life? Here are some suggestions:

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Beat the Sunday Blues

It’s Sunday evening and much of the developed world is giving a collective groan. The weekend is fast receding, Monday is fast approaching, and the blues set in.  What can you do to stop Monday morning sabotaging your weekend:

Sunday

  1. Prepare on Friday

Instead of racing out of work at first opportunity of Friday, spend the last 5 minutes of the day planning for the following week; write a to do list, clean your desk, set everything up ready roll on Monday morning.  Realise that you might be feeling a little fragile and that Monday morning You needs a helping hand.

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Escaping the Everlasting Duvet Day

So we all love the odd lazy day, Staying in our PJ’s, eating junk food and cosying under the duvet.  It’s a treat, an indulgence, a necessary part of being Ill or having a cheeky hangover.  But what happens when it’s more than the odd day?  When you can’t imagine or face life out of the duvet and you’ve been wearing the same PJ’s day in day out. When it’s no longer a treat or occasional thing, chances are that you need to take some care of your mental health. 

Wanting to hide yourself away, feeling fatigued and losing motivation are all symptoms of depression.  If you are fearful or worried about facing the outside world it might be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder.  You might feel pretty despondent and desperate but have no idea how to summon the strength and energy to get out from under the again. 

Duvet Day, Depression, Mental health

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