Back when we were kids my mom used to take us girls to the Ginko room for lunch at the Morton Arboretum. This outdoor museum is in Lisle, Illinois. Many of my childhood friends remember this place since it is just minutes from where we grew up.
Recently my sister Angela and I visited the arboretum. It was near Mother’s Day and I wanted to see things that reminded me of her. Our mom passed away more that seven years ago. Angela and I spent that perfect spring day attending a Forest Bathing class at the Arboretum.
What the heck is that?
If you want to find a way to destress and get a dose of fresh air and maybe some Vit D from that big bright ball in the sky that we in the Midwest really miss in the winter months – then consider trying it. It was not tree hugging – although I guess you could do that if you want.
Our guide took the group of 12 of us on a three hour journey experiencing the forest with our senses. Forest Bathing – or shinrin-yoku- provides natural relaxation experiencing trees and nature.
According to a study sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of his or her time indoors. Way way too much indoor time.
So why am I telling you about Forest Bathing?
As I have mentioned grief wears me out. Spending time outdoors resets my mind, recharges my body and enriches me.
This is why I love running outside !! Do you love the smell in the air after a gentle rain? Do you like camping or hiking? Or maybe it is not the forest – maybe the beach is your connection.
If you can’t hang out in a forest for hours once a week (I know I can’t find that time) try and get small doses of the outdoors. Go for a walk. Or run. Ride a bike. Sit out on your back porch. Climb a dune or lay on the beach.
Please take this advice from me.
Lisa (AKA- sister, friend, kid’s doctor, Angel mom, Nolan’s mom )
If you are interested in more info in Forest Bathing here is a good article: