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 …show more content…
Once burnout occurs, its’ effects touch the lives of the affected counselor, their family, as well as their clients, so it is important for counselors to implement coping strategies that effectively target stress and burnout (Stamm, 2010). By implementing effective methods for coping with job related stress, counselors take a proactive approach towards prevention. It is interesting to note that counselors who experienced significant burnout noticed the stress reducing qualities when engaged in active coping strategies, but they did not take the time to engage in them more often (Collins & Long, 2003). In this paper, I want to examine the likelihood of reducing the risk of counselor burnout by implementing a self-care plan that utilizes exposure to nature and the outdoors to effectively cope with negative job-related stress.
According to Lent & Schwartz (2012), there are many paths which lead to burnout, but one thing is definite—counselors are not immune from its grasp. In fact, counselors are near the top of the list when it comes to experiencing burnout (Maslach & Jackson, 1981). Burnout is easily understood as an emotionally draining condition that prevents the counselor from being effective in the workplace (Lent & Schwartz). Furthermore, burnout leads the counselor down the path to anxiety, anger, or depression, as well as a mixture of any of these (Lent & Schwartz). In addition, a counselor
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