Go outside! Ecotherapy and Nature Deficit Disorder are real [VIDEO]...
Confession: I spend too much time indoors, especially at work (for example, right now).
And yet not surprisingly, numerous controlled and observational studies point to the benefits of ecotherapy/NAT (Nature-assisted Therapy). From obesity to schizophrenia, NAT has been demonstrated to improve physical and mental health outcomes.
Paul Farmer's organization Mind ran a recent study with the University of Essex showing that ecotherapy yielded tangible cost savings among study participants in England. The study found that introducing just five people with mental health problems to ecotherapy saved the State more than £35,000 each year in costs for medication, Jobseeker’s Allowance (UK employment program), and healthcare.
So go outside (right now)!