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Amazing mental health benefits from forest bathing

In with the old…growth?

You may have heard of “forest bathing”, based on the Japanese concept “shinrin-yoku”, which literally translates to “forest bath”.

Essentially, it’s meditation amongst the trees.

Many of us grew up going on long walks through the forest.

But with the majority of the world’s population now living in cities, people are spending less time in nature and more time surrounded by concrete. Because of this, people are recognizing and searching for the amazing mental health benefits of a walk in the woods.

Even walking barefoot in your lawn helps you feel more connected to Mother Earth and decreases stress levels.

As you slow down towards your retirement… here are four things that distinguish forest bathing from a hike.

  • Forest bathing is not hiking – it’s not got a designated route, nor does it have a time-limit. It’s more about paying attention to sound and touch as you meander wherever you feel.
  • It can be done alone or in groups.
  • It can spark creativity and problem solving. By tapping into all your senses you can relate to your life from refreshed perspectives.
  • It helps you be well! Extensive studies show that being surrounded by trees reduces blood pressure, increases energy, and boosts your mood.

Now that you know, why not lead a friend on a “shinrin-yoku”?

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Give a little, get a lot.

Give a little, get a lot.

In times that I’ve felt low or disempowered, I’ve often gotten stuck in negative thought spirals…

Yes, even coaches get down in the dumps! ?

Strangely, when we get into those mental ruts, we can isolate ourselves because we’re embarrassed or we just assume others won’t understand.

BUT there is a VERY simple (and active) way to reduce it!

Hello volunteering. Did you know studies have shown that volunteering can help people feel more connected to others and their community? And it can reduce symptoms of loneliness and depression?

Nevermind reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, making friendships, and experiencing a sense of purpose. What’s not to love? ?

Where could you volunteer in your community? What interests you? Or if you do already, what do you notice about your well-being because of volunteering?