Nature holds many benefits for those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression. Forest bathing is immersing yourself in nature and letting the wild woodlands and forests stimulate all your senses. Based on Japanese respect for trees and especially huge specimens. Forest bathing reduces anxiety and depression.
I came across an article in Mental Health Today, which I do advise reading to learn more about the subject, and I can understand why it would be beneficial based on the facts of what trees produce. Here is a snippet from the article:
A chemical released by trees called phytoncides was also found to boost the immune system. The benefits seemed to be immeasurable and so the Japanese government made it a part of the country’s health programme, prescribed by doctors in what is now known as ‘social prescribing’.Mental Health Today
If You Go Down In The Woods Today
I, for one, will be venturing down to my local woods and bathing in the phytoncides produced by the trees, but also trees produce oxygen. No wonder we feel better when surrounded by them. They give us so much of the very air we breathe.
There is something that makes me feel childlike when walking through woods and forests. And in my mind, anything that can help me alleviate my bipolar depression is worth doing. I will try anything once or twice to see if it works, and I will let you know how I get on.
Try taking a walk in the woods today or on your next day off.
Peace & Blessings x