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Your Doctor has recommended Nature Therapy:
Sig: Take one walk in nature 30 minutes to 1 hour daily 5 days per week
Known Benefits of Nature Therapy, or Forest Bathing, on Health
- Reduce blood pressure and resting heart rate
- Improve diabetes management, lower glucoses and lower A1c
- Reduce stress hormones and increase relaxation
- Reduce Stress, anxiety and depression
- Improve sleeping
- Boost the immune system
- Increase oxygen and blood supply to brain, increasing creativity
Ways to Start Nature Therapy
- Take a timed walk most days in a nearby park for 10-15 minutes and increase time as conditioning improves
- Sit down on a park bench or tree stump, close your eyes and focus on your breathing as you hear the sounds of nature
- Perform slow gentle stretches on your limb girdles (hips and shoulders) or simple yoga poses (sun salutation and mountain pose)
- Visit various parks nearby where you live to get a flavor of different scenery, flora and landscapes.
What to bring
- A sturdy pair of walking shoes, preferably with good ankle support
- Walking stick or cane for additional support, if you have significant arthritis or nerve issues.
- A small sheet for sitting on the forest ground
- A small bag with a bottle or two of water and a few healthy snacks
- Optional: A walking partner or a dog
- An open and clear mind: Your phone turned off or in silence mode.
- Your curiosity: Be ready to enjoy the moment and interact in the outdoors.