“Thousands of tired, irritable, ultra-civilized people are starting to learn that going to the mountains is coming home. Being in nature and getting to know it is a must.” –John Muir
Most of us are trying to survive in a complex city life, in a non-stop cycle of hustle and bustle. While we are fighting for many purposes such as making money, gaining status, realizing our dreams, maybe we tire ourselves too much.
While living in this complexity, we need to rest our souls once in a while in order not to lose our true identity.
As a result of 8 years and 4 million dollars of research for this condition, the Japanese found a treatment method that they included in the national health plan in the 1980s: Shinrin-Yoku.
Translated into Turkish as forest bathing, this concept means leaving oneself to nature and connecting with the forest with his senses.
This state of integration with nature, which liberates people, increases self-confidence, and enables them to discover themselves, is also very good for health, and even strengthens the body against cancer.
When you are alone with nature and rest yourself, your stress rate decreases and you calm down. Thanks to the “phytoncides (wood sap substance)” secreted by plants, your blood pressure, which rises in the chaos of city life, returns to normal and your body also increases your immunity against cancer.
How to make a forest bath?
You don’t need to follow a specific method for this. The aim is to integrate with nature, to listen to nature.
For this, first of all, go to a green area away from your mobile phone, where you can be in touch with nature. Then, try to get away from the voices in your head. You can take a walk, lie down on the ground, or meditate. Focus on your five senses and try to connect with nature. See trees, greenery, animals in trees; smell the fresh air, leaves, flowers; touch the ground, hug the trees; listen to the birdsong, the sound of the wind, the rustling of the leaves; Taste pine leaves or ginko leaves.
Whether it’s 20 minutes, 1 hour or 1 week… Set aside a time for yourself to integrate with nature and rejuvenate. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of life, with a forest bath, and give yourself the opportunity to get stronger and continue healthier.
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