Experts claim that the higher levels of negative ions near areas of running water, trees, and mountains may play a part of one huge stress and pain buster. Others suggest that the success of ecotherapy is down to biophilia (the theory that we all have an inborn affinity with nature). Furthermore, when we disconnect from it we are plagued with stress and mental health problems. Studies in the Netherlands and Japan suggest that people living in or near green areas enjoy longer and healthier lives than those living in urban environments.
Have you ever noticed that even on a bad day if you stay inside confined, you don't feel much better? That's why it is so important to get out even a few minutes a day and commune with nature. It does the soul good and offers great therapy and pain relief for the body.
Remember to tailor your activity levels as to how well you are feeling. On a good day engage in a good walk. On a bad day sitting a half an hour in the sun may do the trick. Either way, it's important to get out!