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How ecotherapy can make it easier to have difficult conversations

Holistic nurse and women's life coach, Tracie Braylock, explains how nature can provide relief when you need to have a tough talk

You’ve been rehearsing what you want to say, searching for the best approach to this difficult conversation.

You know something needs to be said, but you’re also concerned about what will happen when you do.

You’re becoming rather stressed about facing this person because the thought of things going from bad to worse have you on edge.

Instead of avoiding the topic completely, there’s a practice that enables you to speak openly and with less discomfort that you can tap into.

Choosing to hold your conversation in a space with natural elements can help eliminate tensions and make your conversation flow with greater ease.

Nature is full of therapeutic benefits that appeal to all of your senses and provide a feelings of connectedness.

This natural healing practice is called ecotherapy and has mental, emotional and physical benefits.

Ecotherapy can enhance your mood, boost your self-esteem and improve your sense of well-being, so being intentional about initiating your conversation in a space infused with nature can offer a peaceful backdrop to a challenging situation.

Whether you take a walk through the park, sit close enough to a body of water to hear the waves or surround yourself in a space full of plants, these natural elements can help you discuss matters with confidence and make the recipient more open to receiving what you have to say.

Ecotherapy works when you need to have challenging conversations in both your personal and professional relationships as the nurturing environment encourages you to slow down and listen in a meaningful way. 

It’s even increasing in popularity as a prescribed practice by doctors and therapists who want to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during the healing process.

So the next time you need to have a difficult conversation, pause to consider how your surroundings can naturally result in a positive outcome.

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