Run, For­est

Go green in ev­ery sense of the word — get­ting back to na­ture i s your cheap­est alt to ther­apy.

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Another way to green your­self — with For­est Ther­apy. Does it work or nah? We find out its ac­tual ben­e­fits

It ’s no sur­prise — ac­tu­ally be­ing outdoors keeps you healthy and sane. Take a l eaf f rom t he Ja­panese well­ness ac­tivit y called “shin­rin yoku” (“for­est bathing”) and re­search on health data of 10,0 00 who l i ved i n cities show­ing t hose l i ving near a green space re­ported l ess men­tal dis­tress . Though you won’t f l ush your pre­scrip­tions j ust yet , t ake this sim­ple, t ra­di­tional route for a hap­pier soul and hope­fully, a l onger l i fe.

For­est Ther­apy vs Xanax?

Ur­ban liv­ing can be harsh, ster­ile and built-up, and can take its toll on your pscyhe. You’re not imag­in­ing that feel­ing of relief in na­ture. Re­search published in the Jour­nal of En­vi­ron­men­tal Psy­chol­ogy shows t hat be­ing ex­posed to forests, lakes or beaches re­stores men­tal en­ergy. Bad mood? Just a walk in the woods will do, ac­cord­ing to a study in En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

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In our na­ture-starved lives, we need to tip the bal­ance the other way. Con­sul­tant Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist at Gle­nea­gles Me­dini Hos­pi­tal Ms Man­jari agrees t hat be­ing outdoors can have its ben­e­fits, es­pe­cially when sur­rounded by calm­ing greens. “Go­ing out and get­ting fresh air is def­i­nitely en­cour­aged be­cause you’re ex­er­cis­ing , you’ re outdoors. It’ s calm­ing, med­i­ta­tive and re­lax­ing .”

Three For Trees

As usual, the Ja­panese are pre­scient: their govern­ment of­fi­cials coined the term ”For­est Bathing” in the ’80s to en­cour­age ci­ti­zens to take reg­u­lar walks. While it goes down the non- phar­ma­log­i­cal route, it def­i­nitely doesn’t hurt. Ms Man­jari at­tests to that: ”What­ever that helps a pa­tient, I would en­cour­age them to do it.”

Good health is el­e­men- tree

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