Benefits of forest bathing

Sunlight shines through a forest

When so much around us is changing, it becomes important to learn to provide our own stability.

Spending time in nature is one of the four ways that Inner Leadership recommends for achieving this.

Now the World Economic Forum is getting in on the act. This article talks about how “disconnection from nature can be bad for our mental health” and how “civilized life may be causing you psychological trauma.”

Another article describes a solution: the Japanese practice of forest bathing, which is proven to reduce stress, heart rate, and blood pressure.

It turns out that trees give off essential oils called phytoncide. This protects them from bacteria and insects.

Breathing in these chemicals also boosts human immune systems. Spending time in the forest increases liveliness and improves our feelings of well being

Spending time in nature can make you happier, healthier, and improve your productivity. Why not go forest bathing this weekend?

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

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