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