Did you know that most of the people who live above the age of 100 have been from Japan? Jiroemon Kimura was one of the oldest men to have lived. He died in 2013 at a 116 years old!
The Japanese strongly believe in what’s known as forest medicine. They believe in using nature to heal themselves.Research has shown that trees have healing powers and they not only bring good health but also cheer people up, cure depression, anxiety and stress. The oils in the trees are said to be mood boosters and are known to strengthen the immune system.
Have you ever tried to take a walk in the forest among the trees? Isn’t it calming to be surrounded by nature?No wonder the Japanese believe that the forest is a healer.
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The Japanese Forest Bathing is gaining popularity now and rightly so because we all know that being in nature instantly lifts our mood. So what exactly is forest bathing? The Japanese call it shinrin-yoku, where shirin means forest and youku means health. The interesting part is there is no water or bathing literally involved here. It’s bathing in the smell, sound, touch and scents of the forest by doing nothing at all and just enjoying these senses.Only a few minutes of forest bathing can be very beneficial too, all you need to do is leave your phone, gadgets etc. back home and just spend time soaking in the forest air.
Shinrin-yoku has many scientifically proven benefits. Some of the many are:
- A stronger immune system
- Quicker recovery from illnesses
- Calmer behaviour
- Reduced stress
- Better focus
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced level of cholesterol
- A sense of happiness and improvement in mood
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No matter how crowded, every city has some parks, nature parks etc. all you need to do is find a quiet spot and sit down quietly and listen to the sound of the trees, breeze, birds etc. John Muir who was also known as John of the Mountains and Father of the National Parks, wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.” It sure is!
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