How often do you stop to take in the natural world?
We get used to our routine surroundings — the office, our cars, our homes. Deliberately leaving those spaces and moving to natural surroundings for a while, unplugged, could seriously improve your health.
The phrase “forest bathing” recently spent some time in the spotlight, and deservedly so. When done correctly, forest bathing, or spending time in nature, can provide an important boost to your mind and body.
So what is forest bathing? First, go to a nature preserve. Leave your cell phone locked in your car. Then, let go of the thoughts in your head and focus on the present; the way the tree bark feels, the way the dirt smells, the sounds of birds singing and wind rustling leaves. Take a relaxed, meandering walk that gives you time to breathe and break from the pace of everyday life.
It turns out a nature walk can actually improve your physical health, besides giving you a mental rest.
Among the many benefits, spending time in nature can:
You don’t have to make these walks a workout. Serious physical exertion isn’t necessary, and actually could take your focus off your surroundings.
If you must, schedule a walk in the woods on your calendar. Make an appointment with nature. Doctor’s orders! Spend time on yourself. Just leave your phone behind when you go.
Dr. Amish Doshi, an internal medicine physician with Edward Medical Group, is accepting new patients in Naperville! View his profile and schedule an appointment online.
Please join Dr. Doshi at 7 p.m. July 18 to explore the health benefits of a wellness-focused lifestyle in the serene setting of the Conservation Foundation grounds. Dr. Doshi will discuss habits that constitute a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition and activity, as well as the powerful benefits of time spent in nature. At the conclusion of the discussion we’ll take a nature walk on the property.
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