Scientific studies are increasingly showing that human psychological wellbeing is highly dependent on nature. Since the 1980s, Forest Bathing has been standard preventative medicine for stress, anxiety and depression in Japan. Now in the West, we're starting to catch on.
Forest Bathing has been shown to lower cortisol, sympathetic nervous activity, blood pressure, heart rate, improve mood and lower anxiety. Contact with nature has been shown to heighten alpha wave activity (the brain wavelength associated with relaxation, meditation and increased serotonin), which causes people to relax and recover from stress. It also increases empathy, compassion, creativity and unrestrained thinking.
On Forest Bathing walks, we periodically gather together and share our experience, or what we're noticing. Having our stories heard and witnessed by others is a fundamental human need, a healing and socially connecting process.
R U OK Day is all about raising awareness around mental health. Why not come and experience the psychological wellbeing benefits of this practice and grant yourself a little time to unwind, relax and restore before the weekend.
Price: $30 for 2hr session. Click below to register.