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Ecotherapy: Get outside!

Ecotherapy! Get outside more and Outdoor Makeover Solutions can help make that possible at your home!

Everyone knows that the holidays can be a stressful time for people. Travel, visits with relatives or having company in our home brings an increased demand on our time and our resources. With all of the expectations comes the increase in our stress and anxiety levels as well.  So what is the solution?


Psychologists in the new field of ecotherapy believe that spending time outdoors is important for our health. Spending time in a beautiful outdoor living space helps improve depression, lower blood pressure, improve self-esteem, helps with impulse control, decreases postoperative recovery time, and encourages new social behaviors in patients with dementia, according to book Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. Research has found that there is a connection between spending time in green space and well-being.


Spending time outdoors can be especially beneficial for those with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental illnesses. Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder, and the incidence of depression has increased every year during the past century. Currently, one in six people will experience a depressive episode in their lifetime. Now, more than ever before, it is becoming evident that spending time in a beautiful outdoor living space is important to our mental health!  Looking at trees might even have a tangible health benefit—patients who viewed trees outside the window recovered more quickly from hospital stays (Ulrich, 1984). Research looking at over 900,000 data points found that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder (Engemann, et al., 2019). That urge that you have for that gorgeous backyard may actually be the key to your family’s mental well-being.


Do not underestimate the value of a beautiful outdoor living space! Regardless of age or culture, humans find nature restorative. In one study, researchers found that more than two-thirds of people choose a natural setting to retreat to when stressed. In another study, 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced. In a world where technology and progress fills each and every day, something within us longs for the restorative soothing feeling that can only be found in the simplicity of living green spaces. Creating that backyard paradise getaway may be more important than you think!  As human beings, we are hardwired to feel an attraction towards thriving plant life and the sound of water. This is not just for aesthetics, but at our core, this is instinctually a survival instinct. Our ancestors settled in fertile green areas and close to water sources in order to ensure survival. Regardless of how urban our homes are, there is something to be said for our ancestral urge to create a green space that provides that restorative reprieve that replenishes us.  Instinctually, we know that we need this for our well-being.


Research has shown that barefoot contact with the earth can produce nearly instant changes in a variety of physiological measures, helping improve sleep, reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and lower stress. The more we learn about our body’s responses to green space, the more reasons we find to spend time outdoors.  Taking a walk on your grass could change not only your mental state of mind, but your health as well! Feeling a little down after the holiday? Go outside and get yourself some ecotherapy!

  • “Navid and the Outdoor Makeover team are top notch. They found solutions within our price range and help us accomplish our most important priorities. Further, even after we paid them in full and needed them to come back to touch up some items, they came back within 1 week. This is UNHEARD of these days! I would highly recommend them to everyone!”

    Ryan E. Marietta, GA

  • “Navid and his team have exceptional vision and incredible talent for design.
    Outdoor Makeover delivered a plan that is much better than the competitors from design to build. I ended up with an exceptional result that I totally love and enjoy daily. I am very proud to show off my special area in my yard and everyone loves hanging outside now; Navid asked questions to figure out my lifestyle. Furthermore, Navid discovered what I needed and wanted, of which I was unaware when we started the process.”

    Christy A. Sandy Springs, GA

  • “We contacted a number of landscapers before we found Outdoor Makeover. Navid and Omid worked hard on improving our front and backyard. They worked quickly and diligently and now we have a beautiful lawn and outdoor entertainment area. Their customer service was excellent. They called or emailed us a number of times just to make sure everything was right and we were satisfied. Great Job - Great Customer Service - Great People!”

    Patrice & David Alpharetta, GA

  • “Last June, my wife and I contacted Outdoor Makeover regarding replacing the “weeds” in our front lawn with sod, replacement of all shrubs in the front and back yards and the planting several new trees throughout our property. Once we confirmed the design plan, the Outdoor Makeover crew got started immediately. The job soon took on a life of its own and Navid and his crew were ready and willing to be flexible and get the job done. It is a pleasure to work with a professional that understands the meaning of good communication and customer service. The project came out perfect and we are very happy with our new lawn, shrubs and trees. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with Outdoor Makeover.”

    Amy & Joe Roswell, GA

  • “While we had a general idea of some things we wanted done, Navid was able to envision a work product beyond that which we could have imagined. In addition to being very accessible, Navid was very customer focused and was intent throughout the project of ensuring that our expectations were met. We were amazed at his team’s ability to execute so quickly from “design” to final product. Expectations were more than exceeded, and we would certainly use Navid and Outdoor Makeover on future projects.”

    Larry S. Atlanta, GA

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