The city life looks glamorous from afar, but in reality the city life is full of high bills, traffic jams, lots of stress and struggling. The city life struggles have its toll on our physical well-being and also has a way of tampering with our mental health.
There are many ways that people unwind and get themselves together to ensure that they are healthy. Some do Yoga, while some others prefer massage therapy. However, in this article, you will find the amazing benefits of Forest Therapy.
A research and author, Sarah Ivens, who wrote ‘Forest Therapy’, has opened our eyes and minds to see some of the peculiar and amazing therapeutic healing methods that are quite effective, but are not widely practiced. One of these methods is the Forest therapy.
As a little girl, Ivens loved the wilderness. There were a number of locations that reinforced this feeling around the places that she grew up in, in London. There was a greenery around, a pond and also, a small forest. She would spend time in these places, connecting with nature. However, as she grew and as life began to demand more from her, she began to get disconnected from nature as she worked in the corporate setting.
Life became more stressful for Sarah by day, so she decides to do some research to find a solution to her problem. The she found a forest bathing movement called shinrin-yoku. This movement reminded her of her younger years, when she was still very connected to nature. She was able to handle stress properly then because she could walk barefooted in the grass, breathe in fresh oxygen from the trees and connect with nature.
This has pushed her to do more research in this field till she became an authority in the industry. While in an interview with Healthista, she mentioned some things that one could gain from walking in the woods and bathing in the forest.
It Alleviates Mental Fatigue
Forests, lakes, beaches and other natural environments where people can go to, to unwind, have been confirmed to be restorative environments by Environmental Psychology. These places are literally ‘get-aways’ from the stress of our corporate lives. Hence, they stop our brains from working under pressure as in the work environment, and allow them to ‘reboot’ and ‘re-boost’.
It Increases Creativity
Psychologists have agreed that taking a walk through a park can boost creativity. So, how much more would it be boosted when you take an extensive walk through the woods. It does not only boost creativity, but this is mostly the kind of time that people find answers to questions they have been pondering on. It increases cognitive skills and aids decisions, boosting your problem solving skills.
Results have shown that people who visit the forest from time to time are usually happy, and when compared to other people who don’t, they seem happy. Being in a natural environment sends a message of comfort and safety to our brains which makes it send happiness down the nerves.
Are you doubting the authenticity of these benefits? There is only one way to find out how effective this is. When next you are stressed, take a walk through the woods and check how you feel after the walk.