In today's world, where most of us lead busy, stressful lives, finding time outdoors can be challenging. However, research has shown that outdoors can significantly benefit physical and mental health. One such practice gaining popularity is called "tree bathing.”
What is Tree Bathing?
Tree bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku, is a practice that originated in Japan in the 1980s. The practice involves spending time in nature, specifically forests, and engaging in activities promoting relaxation and mindfulness, such as walking, meditating, or sitting quietly.
The Benefits of Being Outside
According to a 2020 Nature Conservancy of Canada survey, 74% of Canadians reported spending time outside in nature at least once a week. However, the survey also found that access to nature is a concern for many Canadians, with 57% of respondents reporting that they need more access to natural spaces.
Regarding the benefits of spending time in nature, a 2021 survey by the Canadian Parks Council found that 87% of Canadians believe that spending time in nature is important for their mental and physical health. The survey also found that 85% of Canadians believe spending time in nature is important for their children's development.
Spending time in nature, including tree bathing, has significant benefits for both physical and mental health. The benefits of being outside are numerous, from reducing stress levels to improving cognitive function. With the increasing awareness of the importance of nature for health, it's essential to prioritize access to natural spaces for all Canadians. By doing so, we can improve our overall health and well-being while also protecting our natural environment.
Let's get outside!