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 spending time in nature.

Now even the World Economic Forum agrees. This article describes how “disconnection from nature can be bad for our mental health” and “civilized life may be causing you psychological trauma.”

Another article describes a solution: the Japanese practice of forest bathing.

This is proven to reduce stress and lower our heart rate and blood pressure. And we now understand the physical scientific basis for why this happens: 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 will you next go forest bathing?

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

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