So simple – it seems – especially in our beautiful Coulee region where nature surrounds us, that we go out in it and restore ourselves.
That’s what Ecotherapy is all about – nature offering us a more peaceful, stress free life.
According to a weekend news report I heard, a doctor prescribed just this for a woman suffering from stress and depression.
“Go outside, to a park near you, for thirty minutes, five times a week.” her doctor instructed her. “Listen to the birds, the sound of streams and rivers and notice the trees and leaves.”
I’m no doctor, but I have been encouraging parents for a long time to take to the fields, the woods, the creeks with their children and let them run, climb, collect things, breathe in the fresh air. They will sleep better, eat better, get along better, be positively energized and rid themselves of stress that happens for all of us.
Of course, I know the reasons why this isn’t going to happen. I get it – maybe not five times a week. But how about starting out by aiming for twice a week – sometime each weekend day – could be the beginning.
A beautiful beginning.
And for all of us, so many choices.
Riverside Park, Myrick Park trails, Hixton Forest, Perrot State Park, Chad Erickson Memorial Park trail, Goose Island, Pettibone Park, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge – to name just a few – all within such easy striking distance.
Try it – don’t let winter stop you.
See if there is less acting out, more focused play afterwards, less stress in the whole family, parents benefiting as well as children.
A new appreciation of this simple pleasure.
Remember – doctor’s orders.
Maybe I’ll see you out there.