Mindfulness and Forest Bathing?
Mindfulness not only reduces stress but also gently builds an inner strength so that future stressors have less impact on our happiness and physical well-being.
Forest Bathing: Kaplan and Kaplan associated exposure (through the 5 senses) to naturally occurring stimuli as having a direct effect on increasing the parasympathetic nervous system that leads to a state of relaxation
Mindfulness: Research findings show that the regular practice of mindfulness meditation, in which the individual practices detached self-observation, significantly reduces generalized anxiety and other anxiety symptoms.
Forest Bathing: findings following a forest therapy program on middle age adult women revealed that levels of tension and anxiety were significantly lower while the “vigor” was significantly higher following forest therapy.
Mindfulness is about training the mind we can see as they arise negative thoughts, negative feelings, the early signs of a depressive relapse, and learn the skills to respond to those in a way that makes us more resilient.
Forest Bathing: Following a 2 day forest therapy program in Korea, participants reported significant decreases in pain, depression and increased feelings of quality of life. .
Mindful breathing, when practised regularly, is one of the practices scientifically proven to improve sleep as it decreases the size of the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for anxiety and also increases the relaxation response.
Forest Bathing: Citing the impact of chronic stress on growing populations with insomnia and poor sleep patterns in Japan, Morita et al. studied forest-walking to induce relaxation and improve general sleep-wake cycle. Participants reported a statistically significant correlation between increased sleep time and a 2 hour forest bath.
Mindfulness introduces space -a gap - a pause - and by practising regularly, we become much less reactive and much more discerning about how we choose to respond.
Forest Bathing : Participants in a study in Japan who viewed actual live plants had significantly increased oxy-hemoglobin concentrations in the prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain that keeps our emotions in proportion)..
Mindfulness helps us to learn to see our thoughts as mental events. This enhances clarity of awareness and encourages us to take a different perspective on our busyness and troubles.
Forest Bathing: people report that walking forest brings about an inner calmness of both body and mind.