The American Psychological Association, (APA) released the results of a survey that our health may be declining due to "an inability to cope in healthy ways with the stresses of the pandemic." We are drinking more, gaining weight and not getting enough sleep, especially among parents, essential workers and young people.
We can counter stress and the ill effects of the pandemic by spending as few as ten minutes outside in the woods, connecting to nature. This is called forest bathing or shinrin-yoku in Japanese. Amazingly, breathing in the phytoncides trees give off increases our bodies' natural killer cells that fight inflammation, cancer and viruses. Forest bathing increases the blood flow to our brain, which improves cognition and flushes out toxins. How can we take advantage of this stress relief?
Head to any quiet green space, but a forest is best. Fortunately, we are close to the forest here in Washington county, and can be in the woods in just few minutes. It's as simple as walking around in the trees and consciously connecting with what's around you. Leave the phone behind and walk slowly and look at the trees. Use your senses and really see your surroundings.
Time spent in nature will decrease aggression, reduce our stress and anxiety, improve our cognition and increase compassion. We could all use these benefits in our daily life. Scotties Auto Body will be there to take care of any problems with your car so you can get out in the trees.
Scotties Auto Body Repair
503 S.W. Baseline Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123