As I sit here forest bathing in the early May sun with the birds singing in the trees, it makes me realise how lucky I am to live in an area where there are trees and nature relatively close by.
Read on and I will try to explain why we feel so good when we are in nature as well as making a few suggestions to help you reconnect with the benefits of forest bathing and being in nature.
The problem is that today's society is constantly expanding and constantly covering every bit of land it can with concrete or tarmac. Do you feel that you miss your connection with nature? ” Click To Tweet
There could be a good reason, after all, we did evolve to be more “one with nature”
You may or may not be familiar with the term “Forest Bathing”
The Japanese use this with the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy,
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
Being in nature just feels right. It rejuvenates the soul and can help clear the mind. We are not talking about hugging trees here, though there is nothing wrong with the grounding effects of strategic tree hugging.
Forest bathing is not about exercise of any kind, although a jog in the woods can be a nice change from the streets…
You simply need to be in the moment and enjoy the sights smells and sounds of the forest. Immerse your self in the experience and allow your mind to become free of stress. If you have not taken a walk in the woods with this open mindset before, you might be pleasantly surprised at how relaxing it can be.
Even a small amount of time spent forest bathing can have a beneficial effect on your health.
Just spend 2 hours in the forest and you will discover the benefits of being unplugged from the outside world and living in the present. Click To Tweet
This does mean no cameras or mobile phones. Being unplugged means just that. Unplug from the modern world and go for a walk in nature.
You don’t need to know where you are going, though getting lost is not a great idea either. Just slow down and enjoy your slow meandering walk in the woods.
I hope you found this brief post of interest. If so leave a comment below and let me know how you get on with your forest bathing.
Until next time…
Wishing you good health and happiness
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