Over the last few years I’ve really noticed how much being in nature plays a role in my overall health,
but in particular my emotional health.
If I feel low, angry, sad, lost, hopeless and I’m able to, I get outside and walk or sit in nature.
After a while of walking or sitting I get to the point where I cannot remember why I was feeling the way I was.
When I’m in nature I feel more at peace, through nature I feel more connected.
In Japan, spending time in forests is called ‘shinrin-yoku’ which means forest bathing.
Growing numbers of studies show why being in nature, especially in woodlands and forests is good for us.
This is what they show;
Boosts immune system
Plants give off Phytoncides, which have antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities which help fight disease.
Lowers blood pressure
Both exercising in forests and simply sitting looking at trees reduces blood pressure,
as well as the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Reduces stress and improves mood
Forest bathing trips significantly decreased the scores for anxiety, depression, anger, confusion and fatigue
Increases ability to focus
even in children with ADHD, it reduced attention fatigue and related symptoms.
Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
Patients with “green” views had shorter postoperative stays, took fewer painkillers,
and had slightly fewer post-surgical complications.
Increases energy level
the cognitive portion of our brain gets a break spending time in nature,
increasing our ability to focus and have greater patience.
by improving mood and reducing stress.
Walking in nature also has the added benefit of exercise which improves physical health.
Take good care of your own wellness and get out regularly in a natural, green space. One with trees if possible!
Even a 15 minute walk makes a difference.
Info taken from; http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html