Virtual Reality is being used Therapeutically for Stress and Anxiety reduction.
Cedar-Sinai Medical Centers are using VR in therapeutic facilities with great success for treating PTSD patients, Burn Victims etc. https://www.virtualmedicine.health/videos. Over 7,000 medical articles have been published of studies done with VR. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Virtual+reality. Stanford University has dedicated a whole research facility to the development of VR tools to assist people as have numerous other universities around the world. https://vhil.stanford.edu/
Ecotherapy, known as nature therapy or green therapy, is the applied practice of ecopsychology, developed by Theodore Roszak. Ecotherapy, stems from the belief that people are intrinsically connected to Nature, and our our environment. Ecopsychology is informed by systems theory and provides individuals with an opportunity to explore their relationship with nature—an area that may be overlooked in many other types of psychotherapy. While some professionals teach and practice ecopsychology exclusively, other mental health practitioners incorporate aspects of ecotherapy into their existing practices. Virtual Reality will be fundamental in the evolution of Ecotherapy.
Studies show that nature, although viewed through a window or photographs of Nature can greatly improve one’s overall mood, and well-being. A study conducted by Roger Ulrich, a prominent researcher in this field, heart surgery patients in intensive care units were able to reduce their anxiety and need for pain medication by viewing pictures depicting trees and water. Another researcher, Rachel Kaplan, also found that office workers who had a view of nature from a window reported higher job and life satisfaction than those who did not have such a view. Children who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) display fewer symptoms after spending time in a green environment than when they spend time indoors or in non-green outdoor environments. Nature is known to be greatly beneficial when integrated within Therapeutic enivronments. Virtual Reality has the ability to re-link Nature and Humankind.
Less stress; lower blood pressure, decrease chances of heart attack, less anxiety, increased well-being.
Learn more by reading articles written by David Hoptman regarding VR and Meditation, Memory Care, Hospice, non-toxic Stress Reduction etc.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stop-look-listen-peaceful-meditative-journey-david-hoptman/ meditation nature
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lower-stress-anxiety-levels-nontoxically-integrating-nature-hoptman/ stress anxiety