In Japan, going out into a quiet woods is considered good medicine. They call it Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing.
This hike is more than a walk through the woods. You take in the aroma of the mulch and moss. You listen to the rustle of the wind through the trees on the leaves or the water in a stream. You feel the soft ground.
A study published in Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine, established that forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity.
I don’t know about you, but I experience this when I go out into the woods. I especially love pine forests.
Here is a five minute forest therapy break from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy ::