Most of our careers require long hours of work either sitting or standing under a roof, surrounded by other people or productivity- inducing décor and furniture. Considering the efforts we go to in order to inspire ourselves and keep our mind from spinning out of control, research shows a direct link between relaxing our acute emotions and time spent in nature.
Planning a short trip, even a weekend day-trip, in a forest area filled with trees and fresh air will benefit your health and your mind. Walking on a trail through the woods, or taking a few hours to stroll through your local botanical gardens will put you in touch with your senses- bringing your awareness into the moment while acting as a natural stress reducer.
According to an article in the Atlantic healers in Japan encourage patients of all types to experience forest therapy, known as shinrin-yoku wherein people are prescribed a walk through a woodsy forest while breathing in the fresh air and taking in their surroundings. This type of activity has proven effects on lowering the patients bloodpressure, cortisol levels, and naturally their stress levels as well.
With health benefits and long term mental benefits, a walk in the woods may be just what the doctor ordered for a boost in your daily routine.
For a list of parks in New York city see Time Out New York’s guide.
And for nationwide areas to enjoy, see the National Park Service website