Watching Garden Birds is Good for Your Mental Health
Being able to see birds, shrubs and trees can help mental health, even if people are not in a rural area, academics found CREDIT: JEFF J MITCHELL/GETTY IMAGES
Officer workers can de-stress by watching birds out of their window, a study has suggested after it found it makes people less anxious and depressed. Being able to see birds, shrubs and trees can help mental health, even if people are not in a rural area, the academics found. Click Here to read more.
Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood
Clare Kelley practices "forest bathing" along the edge of an urban forest on Roosevelt Island, in the middle of the Potomac River. In contrast to hiking, forest bathing is less directed, melding mindfulness and nature immersion to improve health.
When my editors asked me to report on forest bathing, I packed a swimsuit. I assumed it must involve a dip in the water.
It turns out, my interpretation was too literal.
I met certified Forest Therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley and several other women who'd come along for the adventure at the footbridge to Theodore Roosevelt Island, a dense jungle of an urban forest along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C
Here, I began to get it. Forest bathing isn't a bath. We sat on the banks of the river, but we did not get in the water.
It's not a hike, either. We did walk the forest trails, but we meandered with no particular destination in mind. Click here to read more......
“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”