Forest bathing

When so much around us is changing so fast, we need to build our own stability. Developing our ability to do this is the first step to becoming antifragile.

One of the four ways that Inner Leadership recommends for building this inner stability is spending time in nature. And as more and more people are discovering, this not only reconnects us with Nature it also reconnects us with ourselves.

Now, even the World Economic Forum has recognised that “civilized life may be causing you psychological trauma” and “disconnection from nature can be bad for our mental health.”

They also describe a solution: the Japanese practice of forest bathing

This has been proven to reduce stress and to lower our heart rate and blood pressure.

It turns out that the reason is because trees give off essential oils called phytoncides. These protect the trees from insects and bacteria. And somehow, when we breathe in these oils, we also boost our immune systems.

Scientists have discovered several other ways in which spending time in forests benefits us. But the bottom line is that spending time in a forest makes us happier, healthier, and more productive. It improves our feelings of well-being, increases our energy levels, and makes us livelier. And it also strengthens the feelings of stability and connection that provide our first step to becoming antifragile.

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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