12 Apr How Can Equine Therapy Help You Manage Stress?
Most of us will suffer with stress at some point in our lives. According to the Mental health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Stress is a major factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression. It is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, issues with the immune system, insomnia and especially digestive disorders.
Looking after yourself from the inside out, and making time for self care can really help reduce stress levels. So, what can we do to make life a little easier for ourselves?
Apart for taking long baths with my favourite Himalayan rock salt Buddhi Bath, practicing Yoga and meditation, taking a walk in nature is one of the best ways to deal with stress and anxiety. But, have you ever thought about Equine therapy?
What is equine therapy used to treat?
Today, equine therapy is used to address a wide array of issues, including anxiety, addiction, physiotherapy, traumatic brain injury, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The work that horses do as emotional/psychological healers is particularly fascinating.
Research has confirmed the effectiveness of equine therapy, showing that it lowers blood pressure and heart rate, alleviates stress, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Every time you interact with your horse, your feelings and emotional state profoundly affect how your horse will respond to you. … Horses are sensitive, feeling-oriented prey animals. Their survival depends on their ability to sense any in congruence in their environment.
Horses make great companions for psychotherapy because they can mirror and respond to human behavior. And crucially, ‘there’s no judgment with a horse’. Being herding animals, they rely on an acute stream of sensory data to sense safety or danger; they can also hear the human heartbeat within four feet, and research on heart-rate variability indicates that horses have a profound ability to synchronize their own heartbeat with that of human beings. When people are introduced to the herd environment for therapy, horses respond within the same spectrum of physical and emotional responses that govern their own behaviour, allowing therapists an insight into the inner psychology of the client.
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