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"The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. "
When was the last time you inhaled that fresh crisp air overlooking the ocean or admired the cool shade of the towering evergreen trees. Turns out nature is providing us remedies that benefit our overall wellbeing. Studies reveal that being in nature has a powerful positive effect on the mind, body, and spirit.
If you're living in a city, plan some time to escape from the urban settings and explore your closest hiking trail.
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It’s Good for Our Health
Immersing yourself amongst the forest trees. Breathing in the fresh ocean air; there’s nothing more that your body will enjoy than being amongst the natural landscapes of our planet. Nature is a great teacher if we learn to observe, absorb and be still with our environment.
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." Developed in Japan during the 1980s, it is becoming a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing all throughout the world.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
- Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells.
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced stress
- Improved mood
- Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
- Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
- Increased energy level
- Improved sleep
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It’s Good for Our Happiness
These environments are natural remedies to lower stress levels & alleviate anxiety.
It can put a smile on your face, too.
Take a long walk one day and visit your local trails or recreational park during a weekend is enough to improve your moods. Many studies have compared the psychological effects of urban walking vs. nature walking and have found that nature walks tend to associate with greater mood improvements.
According to a study in New York Times article,
“The study examined data from nearly 20,000 people in England who took part in the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment Survey from 2014 to 2016, which asked them to record their activities within the past week. It found that people who spent two hours a week or more outdoors reported being in better health and having a greater sense of well-being than people who didn’t get out at all.”
Studies confirm that people in general have improved their mood after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced.
Why not plan your next hike this weekend?
Get your stress levels lowered and enjoy your nature walk.
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