Forest bathing

When so much around us is changing so fast we need to create our own stability. This is the first step to becoming antifragile.

One of the four ways that Inner Leadership recommends for achieving this is to spend time in nature.

More and more people are agreeing. In this article even the World Economic Forum describes how “disconnection from nature can be bad for our mental health” and “civilized life may be causing you psychological trauma.”

In another article they describe a specific solution: the Japanese practice of forest bathing. This is proven to reduce stress and lower our heart rate and blood pressure.

And now we even understand why: trees give off essential oils called phytoncides which protect them from insects and bacteria. And when we breathe in these essential oils it boosts our human immune systems.

Spending time in the forest increases our liveliness and improves our feelings of well being.

It make us happier, healthier, and improves our productivity.

When did you last go forest bathing? When will you go next?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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