|Acacia Brook joyfully anticipates rejoining the ocean just downstream from this special place.|
You can hear the water laughing.
I think that everyone should have a special place. For as long as I can remember I have had one. Although it doesn't have to be, it is usually someplace outside in nature. These places provide me with the soothing effects of ecotherapy that I require to overcome ecoanxiety.
One thing I have found while moving from one part of Canada to another, and I imagine it is the same anywhere on our beautiful planet, is that every location has its own share of special places waiting to sooth the ravaged human soul.
|A grove of ancient hemlock trees is one of my favourite ecotherapy special places.|
My favourite spots are ones that I can get to by walking, snowshoeing, or cycling.
That includes my current special places that I have discovered since moving to Nova Scotia a couple of year ago. One of my favourites is a 5 km ride from our home (which is at the highest point in the county) down to sea level where our backyard brook enters the Atlantic ocean.
|Acacia Brook in our backyard is about 6 km from the ocean. It is a tranquil place to visit by snowshoe.|
These escapes are where I go when I need some down time. Visiting special places in nature I can relax and be absorbed by the landscape, lose myself. After a while I begin to feel balanced and whole, and feel like I can move forward with strength and intention.
Regular visits to a special place in nature will go a long way toward battling whatever ails you, including ecoanxiety. As concern grows over the state of the environment, emotional distress often results. How could it not? What we do to the earth we do to ourselves.
|This spot is a quick getaway, close to home. I can walk or bike to this spot. Wheelchair accessible, too.|
Enter the healing balm of mother nature.
"A 2007 study from the University of Essex in the U.K., for example, found that a walk in the country reduces depression in 71% of participants. The researchers found that as little as five minutes in a natural setting, whether walking in a park or gardening in the backyard, improves mood, self-esteem, and motivation." - sourceWe can't help the environment if we don't help ourselves first. I know this as a caregiver for Linda. So I let nature help me.
We are all caregivers when it comes to the environment. Find yourself a special place. Visit often. Feel the healing. Return the favour.