I enjoy being out in nature or just plain outside. Whether it is a few moments outdoors on my patio drinking coffee, a hike in the mountains, or camping lakeside taking time outdoors seems to rejuvenate me. So I am not surprised that others feel the same way.
There is a new craze called Forest Bathing (a Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku), which means spending time in nature and using all your senses. There is scientific research on this concept of Forest Bathing. According to the study being in nature restores our mood, refreshes, and rejuvenates us. It can lower blood pressure and decrease stress levels. When you feel overwhelmed, go outside, take a brief walk alone and see if this uplifts your spirit.
This weekend my husband and I went to a cabin in the woods. It was lightly raining, and the smell of the trees was so refreshing. After the rain stopped, we went for a walk to the nearby creek. The sounds of the rushing the water and the birds in the trees were very relaxing.
How to Forest Bath:
🦋 Go outdoors and find some trees or a large garden area with a variety of plants and trees.
🦋 Turn off your phone.
🦋 Walk slowly and quietly within the area.
🦋 Breathe in the smells.
🦋 Listen to the nature sounds.
🦋 Look around at your surroundings.
🦋 Ask yourself “What am I noticing?”
🦋 Enjoy those moments of peace and calm.
Places to go in Arizona for Forest Bathing:
Being in nature is soothing, especially when having a chaotic day. Making some time to go outdoors and get fresh air and a little bit of sunshine can uplift our spirit and decrease anxiety.
How about trying it today?
What did you notice?
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