Nature based coaching - why you need it nowJun 12, 2023
Nature-based coaching, also known as ecotherapy or green therapy, is a coaching approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of human beings with the natural world. It involves using nature and outdoor settings as a tool to improve physical health and wellbeing.
Connecting with nature reduces stress and anxiety
One of the main benefits of nature-based coaching is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Research has shown that spending time in natural settings can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can improve mood and promote relaxation.
Additionally, nature-based coaching can promote physical activity, which is an important component of overall health and wellbeing. Being outdoors can encourage movement and exercise, which can have a positive impact on cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and joint flexibility.
Connecting with nature improves the mind body connection
Nature based coaching connects the mind with the body. Whether through the calming presence of the rustling of plants or trees or the gentle sounds of bugs or animals, this can be a way to access the parasympathetic or calming response of the brain.
Furthermore, nature-based coaching can help individuals develop a deeper sense of connection to the natural world, which can lead to a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life. This connection can also help individuals develop a sense of perspective and reduce feelings of isolation or disconnection.
Relieves body tension and improves circulation
Nature base coaching allows individuals to connect with the natural rhythms and patterns of the environment. For those who may have a strong affinity for structure, routine, or predictability, nature's cyclical patterns, such as the changing seasons or the rising and setting of the sun, can provide a sense of stability and grounding. This connection with nature's rhythms can contribute to a sense of calm and stability.
Connecting with nature is neuro supportive
Sensory stimulation and regulation
Nature coaching offers a rich sensory experience that can be beneficial for neurodivergent individuals. The natural environment provides various sensory stimuli, such as the sight of vibrant colors, the sound of birds singing, the touch of grass or leaves, and the scent of flowers. Engaging with these sensory experiences can help with sensory integration and regulation, providing a positive outlet for sensory processing.
Connection with natural rhythms and patterns
Nature base coaching allows individuals to connect with the natural rhythms and patterns of the environment. For neurodivergent individuals who may have a strong affinity for structure, routine, or predictability, nature's cyclical patterns, such as the changing seasons or the rising and setting of the sun, can provide a sense of stability and grounding. This connection with nature's rhythms can contribute to a sense of calm and stability.
In summary, nature-based coaching offers a range of benefits for both physical and mental health. By incorporating the natural world into therapy or coaching sessions, individuals can improve their overall wellbeing, develop a deeper connection to nature, and find greater meaning and purpose in their lives.
How to access nature based coaching
Nature based coaching is a key foundation of my practice in the Sacramento, CA area. I offer nature based coaching in three local parks or in-person at my outdoor studio. You can check out more information here
Questions: email [email protected]
Mariah Hudler, MSW, MBA, CFT-I™ is a therapeutically informed financial wealth & wellbeing coach. She works with individuals, couples, families, entrepreneurs, groups, and organizations to make Wealth & Wellbeing a joyful part of life.
Disclaimer: This blog is for education only. Please consult with a qualified professional when you have any questions about your personal financial, tax, or legal situation. Information contained in this post is for informational purposes only and not intended to replace professional advice.
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