Forest Bathing, It’s a Thing

It’s nothing new for you to hear I LOVE being in nature. Anytime I am outdoors is a good day for me whether it’s skiing, hiking, biking, paddling, running (love/hate) or walking. It’s almost turned into a craving now that my body needs to keep it all in check. You’ll often see my #mentalhealth posts as it truly helps manage my anxiety. It’s the movement part as much as the fresh air, it seems to slow the busy pace of our society.

Little did I know that the Japanese actually developed a therapy for this very thing in the 80’s! Shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” has become a big part of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine and is becoming more present in Holistic practice as well. The focus is to use all the senses when in nature to gain healing benefits.

As a society, either in an office job, a stay at home mom or as an entrepreneur we spend a lot of time at desks or in front of screens and we need to consider getting out in nature more. Even in urban areas, you can find a green space that will give your mind a break.  There is a lot of research looking at the main health benefits to being in nature and it’s not just for me! It’s been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and cortisol levels, improve concentration, increase energy, regulate overnight sleep and to better connections in a community. This is why you should try to add even 3o minutes a week, get a little hippy and jump in a “forest bath”. You can thank me later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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