Getting Down To Basics with Wilderness
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 these beneficial effects of nature to human health were not quickly recognized, a lot of people who advocates this natural method of health improvement has managed to make the practice popular over the years, which eventually resulted to more nature related activities that seeks to improve wellness. It was perhaps in the early 1970s that these activities evolved to be more formal and specific in addressing mental and psychological health concerns, creating organized activities similar to bootcamps consisting of groups led by licensed therapists that plan the activities for its participants, although individual programs are also available for those who want a more personal and in-depth experience.
Participants of these nature based therapy programs are required to spend weeks or even months in the wilderness where given activities teach them to be more confident and participative while also developing their skills in problem solving and interpersonal relationships as they learn to trust and cooperate with their team mates to fulfill their given group tasks. Since being in the outdoors can also be tiring, these activities are also seen to develop physical strength and endurance while also encouraging participants to adapt to their surroundings and be more aware of themselves without losing consideration of the people around them, especially that the given activities are designed to simulate the usual conflicts within families and similar social structures but in an outdoor setting.
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.
Wilderness treatment programs, as long as guided by professional mental care specialists, are a great alternative for individuals who want to improve their interpersonal skills and mental health without being enclosed in a boring facility, while also getting to enjoy the unparalleled beauty of nature.