In Sydney, we are mid-lock-down, 7 days in. The weather has cleared, the sun shines forth. Chris and I have been enjoying some lovely walks to Coogee beach and local parks. Being in nature is essential to healing. In Japan Shinrin-Yoku – the practice of forest bathing has scientific backing. No bathing suit required, simply a stroll through the trees.
Your immune system is boosted, blood pressure lowered and health issues alleviated. What a prescription for health, mother natures healing. Hopefully you can get your dose of Phytoncides the chemical released by trees and plants regularly.
The University of Westminister study found that this sort of social prescribing saw a 28% reduction in Gp visits. So get out into nature, take your shoes off, and feel grounded with the earth’s energy revitalizing.
With Shinrin-Yoku the aim is to soak up and meander, letting the goodness in. No phones, charging around in lycra. Just communing with nature in her glory.
I hope you can get your booster shot of nature’s care, soon. 20 minutes has significant health benefits.
With gratitude, Philipa
Coogee, Sydney Friday.