So I recently learned there’s a term for something I always live by….it’s called: Forest Bathing! Google it!
I love nature. I love the Sun. I was born and raised among pine trees and if I ever move, I will definitely miss them the most. When I started college, I found my niche for stress relief among nature…walks, jogs, bicycle-riding, dancing, skipping, you name it…and this was so stress-relieving because I took time in my walks or runs during cool down to look at the magnificent height of the trees.
I have always called it my daily or weekly nature dosage for the soul. What I did not know was that the Japenese had a term for it: Forest Bathing. And apparently, it’s healing! You’re supposed to walk among nature and using your senses, you take in the majestic surroundings. It’s shown that people who practice Forest Bathing have better physical and mental health. While Forest Bathing involves much more than simply running or walking in nature, the importance of this technique draws from mindfulness practices, which is becoming increasingly popular. So as you walk or run through nature, take time to use your sense to observe nature..the colors of the flowers, the smell of fresh air, the details on the leafs, or the rocks underneath your feet.
Who would have thunk that nature is so so powerful? Our world, Mother Nature, is a beautiful place, and I thank God for it every day. Speaking of God, when you engage in practices such as taking a little minute of your day to pause and see what is around you (particularly nature), you start realizing how wonderfully perfect our world was created. This not only helps us know to understand our being in the moment but also allows our mind to take a break from negative thoughts from the past or the future, hence reducing our anxiety. So whatever you do, do nature. Meanwhile, enjoys pics by me: