Give Your Well-being a Natural Boost in Nature
Why spend time in nature?
Have you noticed whenever you spend time outdoors in nature you just feel so much better? Even though many of us are confined to lock-down and our movements are somewhat restricted at the moment, it is still important to spend some time in a natural environment to help maintain your health and well-being.
The Japanese have a wellness therapy called Shinrin yoku, otherwise known as 'forest bathing' which involves immersing yourself in a forest or woodland setting to calm your senses and reduce stress and it is often prescribed to help treat and prevent illnesses. Trees and plants give off something called 'phytoncides', these airborne chemicals increase our levels of white blood cells, helping us fight off infections and diseases .
Health is a walk in the park!
A simple walk in the park or woods can also boost creativity, improve your memory, lower blood pressure, increase feelings of happiness and help you to live longer. Research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that being exposed to restorative environments such as a forest, lake or beach restores mental energy and the natural beauty gives a secondary brain boost.
Many of us would love to spend more time in a natural setting but are simply unable to do so under the current circumstances which can cause stress in itself. If you don't have natural green space close by then just a few minutes of physical activity in your garden can give you a boost and lift your spirits. So now might be a good time to take up gardening!
Stuck inside the house?
If you are unable to access any green space at all then indoor house plants can also be beneficial, as can sitting by an open window. Alternatively try taking a virtual tour of the natural environment via the internet! Studies show that just looking at pictures of our natural environment can help lift our mood.
If you are stuck inside then remember that is also important for your health and wellness to keep moving. You could try this online gentle yoga for beginners practice in the park with Adriene Mishler https://youtu.be/jsLAc-2y0bE or alternatively try a walking workout by Fitness Trainer Luncy Wyndham-Read which guides you through a visual countryside walk https://youtu.be/NmTzGIwY3rU .
“When a man moves away from nature, his heart becomes hard” Native American Indian saying.
There is an abundance of benefits in reconnecting with nature for our overall health and well-being, especially during difficult times. Life, like nature, ebbs and flows and difficult times will pass to make way for something better.
Holistic Health and Wellness Coach
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