I have always found going for a walk in the woods to be wondefully theraputic. Over the years it has become an essential part of my self-care routine. Walking in the woods, no matter what the weather is like, helps to clear my mind, provides deeper access to my intuition, and eases my heart.
A few years ago, I discovered a Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku that completely describes the therapy of walking in the woods. It has been translated into english as Forest Bathing - taking in the forest atmosphere.
Studied Benefits (from The Shinrin Yoku Organization) of Forest Bathing include:
- Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells. (Research Study)
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced stress (Research Study)
- Improved mood
- lowered Cortisol ( Research Study )
- Increased ability to focus,
- Helped with ADHD
- Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
- Increased energy level
- Improved sleep
Forest Bathers also have reported:
- Deeper and clearer intuition
- Increased flow of energy
- Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
- Increased flow of eros/life force
- Deepening of friendships
- Overall increase in sense of happiness
Looking Deeper - Research & Articles on Forest Bathing
- The Science of Forest Therapy
- The Shinrin Yoku Organization
- New York Times: The Claim: Exposure to Plants and Parks Can Boost Immunity
- BBC Does outdoor play help keep the doctor away?
Go for a walk in the woods!!!! You will feel even better than you already do!!!