Let’s Feel Better – Starting Today – Go For a Walk

Feeling like today is a great day to get started on something.  Yep, me too!

Let’s just go for a wee walk.  It doesn’t have to be a ‘fitness’ walk or one with purpose such as getting to where you are going.  It could be as short as 10 minutes or as long as you want to make it today.

There are many benefits associated with going for a walk: ‘Researchers have found that walking recharges our creativity, increases the volume of the hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for short-term memory), and improves spatial performance. Walking in nature increases the benefits, especially for the urbanites who have a higher risk for depression, anxiety, and mental illnesses: a stroll through the greenery can offer immediate mood improvement. This idea is central to the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, a term coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982. Today, shinrin-yoku has also come to be known as “forest bathing”—though water has little to do with it. Instead, practitioners are advised to stroll through the forest with one’s senses attuned to the atmosphere.’

Here is a great video to learn more about ‘walking in nature’ Shinrin-Yoku  and another.Road in a beautiful forest in the morning.

This week we are going to focus on the little things that can have a very large impact on how you feel.  Enjoy your walk and while you are out there, give some thought to what you’d like to see change in your life.  As always, your comments and shared thoughts are welcome!

 

 

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