To help connect with animals, you can watch out for wildlife. If you don’t live near open countryside, try visiting a local park to look for squirrels, fish, insects, ducks and other birds. Visit a local community or city farm and help out by volunteering.
You can get out into nature and help the environment by going on a litter-picking walk, volunteering for a conservation project, planting helpful seeds such as berry bushes for garden birds or flowers to help bees, or building an animal habitat.
Strengthening your connection with nature by spending more time outside in all weathers, learning about the natural cycles of the year and tuning into the sights, sounds and smells of the natural world can help you see a bigger picture that exists outside of yourself.
By participating in an ecotherapy project, you could meet new people, lessen any isolation and loneliness, and increase your sense of belonging, build your peer support network, create more of a structure to your week, and make connections with people which may develop into long-term friendships.
Ecotherapy can help build your confidence through providing the satisfaction of completing tasks and contributing to positive change for yourself and the environment, and potentially providing opportunities to gain qualifications.
Ecotherapy can help build your confidence through enabling you to meet and overcome new challenges, trying new activities and learning new skills, which can increase your confidence to try new things in other areas of your life, and increasing your motivation to stay active.
Doing physical activity is known to have many physical and mental health benefits; getting more regular social contact with people can reduce loneliness and boost self-esteem; being surrounded by nature can boost your overall mood and sense of wellbeing.
Ecotherapy can make a significant difference to how you feel. It can reduce depression, reduce anger, reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, improve your mood and self-esteem, and increase your emotional resilience.