The Effect Of Spending Time On Nature And Its Stress Reducing Capabilities

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Counselors dedicate their lives to helping people emotionally in need, and eventually this dedication begins to produce distress which, if not dealt with can lead into more serious issues. One of the more serious issues that counselors are at higher risk to experience as job-related stress increases—is burnout. In order for counselors to maintain healthy levels of compassion while maintaining their ability to help their clients, implementing a self-care plan. This self-care plan enables counselors to effectively cope with frequent job-related stress. If the self-care plan does not effectively cope with this stress, then burnout is likely to be experienced. However, there are successful strategies to prevent burnout and enables the counselor to help hurting people for the long duration. One such plausible self-care plan that effectively copes with job related stress includes frequent exposures to nature and the outdoors. In this paper, I examine the relationship between spending time in nature and its stress reducing capabilities. Because burnout is a stress induced syndrome, attempts to decrease stress levels with nature exposures, should also prevent burnout. Unfortunately, most counselors who experience burnout seldom engage in healthy coping strategies nor do they engage in them frequently enough. It is important for counselors to maintain healthy coping strategies in order to help their clients to the best of their abilities for the long duration. By
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