Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing -
Five percent of adults, eighteen years or older experience a mental illness in any one year, equivalent to 43.8 million people. Shinrin – yoku also known as forest bathing simply means taking in the forest. The whole idea is to just be in nature, either being active or just sitting and receive all the benefits it has to offer; you are calm, restoring and renewing yourself. The longer you are in nature the more benefits you receive. The purpose of my exhibit is to bring awareness to this practice so that you too can experience and see for yourself that a simple walk in the forest could improve your mood, reduce your stress and blood pressure, boost your immune system and so much more.
The longer list of benefits you would receive just from going out once or twice includes boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells, reduced blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood, increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD, accelerated recovery from surgery or illness, increased energy level, and improved sleep. If you decided to incorporate this practice into your everyday routine the benefits increase to Deeper and clearer intuition increased flow of energy, increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species, increased flow of life force, deepening of friendships, and overall increase in sense of happiness.
The head researcher of Shinrin – yoku is Doctor Qing Li. He is a Physician, president of the Japanese society of forest medicine, vice president of the international society of nature and forest medicine, one of the directors of forest therapy society in Japan, and an author. He believes nature can be enjoyed in all five senses. The sense of sight such as the forest landscape, green, blue, red, orange, etc. The sense of smell such as the fragrance from trees. The sense of hearing such as forest sounds and birdsong. The sense of touch such as touching trees and the dirt. And the sense of taste such as eating foods and fruits from forests. It is projected that by the year 2050 over 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. It has been proven that people who live in cities are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes and cancer. They also have a higher rate of anxiety and depression. Keep yourself happy and healthy, take a hike or a walk in nature. Better yourself.