September 6, 2022
My mother always told me that a walk could help solve most problems. When I was bored, she’d say, let’s go for a walk. When I was sad – she’d encourage me to call up a friend and “walk it out.” When I had cramps – take a walk – a headache – take a walk. Writer’s block, you guessed it. While she had other cures, she was telling me to get out and walk most of the time. She also followed her advice. My mom walked everywhere!! Now that she is older and walks less, I am proud to continue the tradition.
Something I have come to love is a Japanese concept called Shinrin-yoku. It translates to “forest bathing,” and the idea is that putting yourself in nature and “bathing” in its atmosphere is excellent for your well-being. The sounds, smells, sights, and calming effects of nature are beneficial for you, whether hiking, walking, or sitting under a tree.
Here are some suggestions to make the most of Shinrin-Yoko:
I’m lucky to live somewhere with forests all around me. I drag my kids out to walk the dog through the forest trails all the time. I tell them it’s good for them. I have become my mother. Just 15 minutes in nature a day is enough to make you feel better, and if you can walk it – even better – you never know, it might get rid of that headache.