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The Mood-Boosting Power of Ecotherapy

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“Look, a monkey!” I yell as I eagerly peer into the greenery on my left. “Look over here,” my husband then says. “There’s a trail of leaf-cutter ants!”We’re at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park in Costa Rica, a nature preserve filled with wildlife, lush greenery and suspended bridges that hang hundreds of feet above the ground.

Before arriving, I felt the familiar onslaught of anxiety—shallow breathing, tight chest, tense shoulders. I launched my freelance career just a few weeks prior, and was worried about building my client base.

After two hours strolling through the forest trails, my worries slowly faded away. I could catch my breath again and my shoulders loosened up.

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