Self Care

Walking in Nature for Self-Care

Spending time outdoors, whether it’s for a short walk around a nearby park or a long leisurely ramble in the forest, can feel incredibly refreshing. We’ve all experienced this, but we don’t really dwell on the benefits of connecting with nature. You may or may not already be aware of the term ‘forest bathing.’ It comes from the Japanese ‘Shinrin-Yoku’, and it is a recognized form of nature therapy. It is the act of simply being in nature. You connect with nature through your senses. Be present and connect through sight, sound, smell, and touch to enjoy the benefits of forest bathing. 

Nature has a calming effect on our nervous system and can help us feel more relaxed and less anxious. This is because being surrounded by the beauty of nature reduces levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress and anxiety. 

Being in nature can improve our mood and increase feelings of happiness and well-being. When you’re with nature, the fresh air you breathe has a lot of benefits, including improving your blood pressure and heart rate. 

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