It is probably already considered a common idea that exploring nature in a significant amount of time have great benefits for the mind of soul, as being exposed in nature is known to effectively eliminate stress from the usual daily buzz of the modern world, not to mention that having an endless supply of unpolluted air is second to none. In the history of mental health studies, there are also evidences of patients significantly improving in mental wellness after being exposed to nature outdoors for quite sometime, and even contributed to the marked reduction of such patients’ violent tendencies.
Although natural health alternatives were not easily recognized around the world, relentless advocates made it possible for its benefits to grow popular in just a couple of decades, as we can see by the continuous popularity of outdoor activities these days which intend to keep people in touch with nature to experience its health benefits. It was not until the year 1970 when more specific programs were created by licensed healthcare practitioners to design specific activities for participants who have the same goal of improving their psychological state and more, which formally turned these activities into therapeutic programs that people can engage in either through a group or individually in a one-on-one program.
Usually lasting for 30 days or more depending on the chosen program, a wilderness therapy incorporates a series of outdoor games and activities that encourages participants to develop better social skills, self-confidence, and to cooperate and trust their team members in order to complete a given task. As outdoor activities may also be more difficult, the challenges can help to improve one’s physical health, and help to increase their endurance and adaptive skills while indirectly guiding its participants to develop their interpersonal skills and self awareness as the challenges are made to mimic those that are usually encountered in families and social settings but in an unfamiliar environment.
Commonly organized into groups according to age bracket, wilderness therapies are often for younger adults ranging from age 10 to 30, with costs that depends on the chosen program type and duration, enrolling participants only have to ensure reliability by only choosing licensed agencies that are recognized by your state. Also, make sure that the outdoor program will be supervised and strictly monitored by a licensed mental health professional and choose programs with activities and equipment materials that are safe, or better yet, you can consult with experts in wilderness therapy before you choose a program.
Being able to serve as an effective means of therapy, spending time in the wilderness but especially guided by licensed mental healthcare practitioners can provide participants with a much better alternative in improving their well-being while also enjoying the sights and wonders of mother nature.