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Resource Hub

Welcome to the Resource Hub, where you can find a variety of tools and guides to support your journey with Nature Informed Therapy. Explore our categories below to discover valuable resources for enhancing your practice and personal well-being.

Self-Care Plans

The SHIFT Rx Challenge Pyramid

The Pyramid, called The SHIFT Rx Challenge Pyramid, is informed by Florence Williams’ research in her book The Nature Fix, as well as Tanya Denkla-Cobb and the Biophilic Cities Project’s “Nature Pyramid.” The SHIFT Rx Challenge Pyramid indicates optimal “doses” of nature. From daily micro-doses, such as exposure to daylight and plant life, to annual multi-day excursions into wilderness areas where people can disconnect from technology, the Pyramid offers recommendations for duration and location of nature contact.

Optimal Nature Dosage for Mental Health

According to the guidelines of the Nature Dose Pyramid, for optimal mental health, incorporating nature into your routine involves:

  • 30 minutes each day

  • 2 hours weekly

  • 1 weekend monthly

  • A multi-day trip annually

These doses should involve being surrounded by predominantly flora and fauna, with minimal man-made structures. How can you structure a nature-based self-care plan in alignment with these recommendations?

Formulate Your Nature-Informed Self-Care Plan

Reflection Questions:

1. How Do You Currently Engage with Nature?

 

Evaluate your current interactions with nature. Do you already spend time outdoors, or is it an area you'd like to prioritize?

 

2. What Are Your Self-Care Goals?

 

Consider your overall well-being goals. How can nature complement and contribute to these goals?

 

3. How Does Nature Impact Your Mood and Energy Levels?

 

Reflect on the emotional and physical effects of spending time in nature. When do you notice improvements in mood and energy?

 

4. What Activities Bring You Joy in Nature?

 

List activities in nature that bring you joy. This could include hiking, birdwatching, gardening, or simply sitting in a park.

 

5. How Can Nature Fit into Your Daily Routine?

 

Explore ways to integrate nature into your daily life. Are there moments during the day when you can incorporate short nature breaks?

6. Are There Barriers to Spending Time in Nature?

 

Identify any barriers preventing regular nature engagement. This could include time constraints, location, or personal preferences.

Self-Care Plans

Business Resources

Get Outdoor Facilitator Insurance

When conducting outdoor therapy sessions away from your office locations, you may encounter risks that are not covered by your existing malpractice or general liability insurance. To obtain coverage for individual sessions or group activities in these circumstances, consider securing additional insurance. Alternative Balance is an insurance provider that the Center for Nature Informed Therapy (CNIT) recommends for such coverage.

The policy offered by Alternative Balance can cover incidents such as:

  • Participant dehydration;

  • Aggravated injuries, such as concussions or sprains, due to continued participation despite visible signs of injury;

  • Injuries resulting from accidents during travel to and from activities; and many more.

This coverage is applicable to various professions and activities, including:

  • Forest therapy guides,

  • Hiking guides,

  • Snowshoeing guides,

  • And more.

To sign up for this insurance, click the button below to visit the Alternative Balance website. Ensure that you add the Sports Coaching & Recreational Fitness premium service after signing up for the General Liability and Professional Insurance policy.

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Business Resources

Training Course Resources

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Get Outdoor Facilitator Insurance

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