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Forest Bathing: 3 Awesome Benefits

Forest Bathing : 3 Awesome Benefits

 Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku)
                      

                                         There is no particular definition of Forest bathing. This is also known as Shinrin Yoku in the Japanese Language. Dr. Quing Li wrote a popular book on Forest Bathing. It has become popular in the 1980s onwards. Japanese practice this frequently. We all know the life expectancy of the average Japanese is high. Japanese people live healthy and long lives. You can find active old people in Japan unlike in other countries. People in Japan live and work up to 90-100 years and beyond. There is an island in Japan known as Okinawa where the largest number of people above 100 is found.
                                        Forest bathing means being in the presence of trees. Shinrin means Forest and Yoku means bath. It does not mean hiking or jogging. Though you can definitely trek through the forest with added benefits. It is simply being in nature. You can connect with nature through your senses. The sense of hearing can help us to listen to the sounds in the forest. The sounds of birds singing and occasional shrieks of monkeys or deers can have a soothing effect on your mind. The sense of smell can enable you to smell the flowers in the forest. The smell of soil connects you with mother nature. The sense of sight of course enables you to see the lush greenery which can have a soothing effect on your mind and soul. The sun shining between the trees also has a loving effect. It calms your mind and nerves.
                                        Increasing urbanization is causing people all over the world to move towards cities away from villages. About 60-70% of the population is now living in urban or semi-urban areas. Even in cities, people are spending 80-90% of their time indoors either in the office or at home. This has caused a disconnect between nature and us.
                                     Sprawling concrete jungles have come up with big shopping centers and malls. New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mumbai, Mexico City New Delhi are some of the many examples. Many cities do have decent parks in the city like The Central Park in Manhattan New York or Botanical garden in Singapore but many others have no such open spaces. In developing nations the urbanization is chaotic at best. Parks are overcrowded most of the time and may not be the best place for forest bathing. People with dogs and shouting children can be distracting
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   What are the 3 Major benefits of Forest bathing?
    Green Forest
    Lush Green Forest

  • It is an Oxygen rich environment. Plants absorb CO2 and release Oxygen. Human beings need oxygen. We inhale oxygen and exhale CO2. People with Bronchial Asthma and other respiratory ailments can breathe easy. Forests are away from the city and are less polluted. Less pollution and high levels of oxygen are beneficial for people with allergic respiratory diseases. tress live long lives. Some trees can live for 200- 300 years. Trees secrete Phytoncides to protect themselves from infections. They are the basis of Aromatherapy. Phytoncides protect trees from viral and other infections. Please don't forget trees are living organisms. You can hug the trees and sit under their shade for a while. It helps in improving your immunity.


  • Walking Through a Forest
    Tropical Forest 

  • Mind-body Medicine. Forest Bathing helps you to calm your mind. As you enter the forest your heart rate starts to drop and blood pressure starts decreasing. The mind becomes relaxed. This has a positive effect on your body as well. Our mind and body are both connected. Trekking through the forest can be of an added benefit for diabetes as it consumes calories. It will decrease the blood sugar levels also. It has been found that patients who have rooms facing gardens recover faster from their diseases. Walking through the jungle is a good exercise. It burns calories and keeps you fit and healthy. It is gentle on your knees also.

  • Increased Creativity. To get the most of the Forest Bathing you should leave your smartphone and camera at home. You can walk through the place aimlessly. Unlocking power is in your five senses. Feel the breeze rustling through the trees and listen to the birds as they sing a song for you. You can sit near some water stream with your feet in the flowing water. Or You can walk bare feet on the grass. All this helps in unlocking your creativity. In the cities, you can not focus as you are multitasking almost always. This is a type of mindfulness exercise that unlocks your creativity. Creativity leads to increased productivity.


Author: Dr. Nishikant Sharma MD FACP (USA)
              He is a Health Care Professional.
              He is a specialist in Internal Medicine.
              He believes in Preventive Aspects of Diseases.
              He is a Medical Writer and Content Creator.
              He has done a Content Writing Course From the University Of California Davis.

                             
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3 Easy Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stay Motivated During this COVID 19 Pandemic

3 Easy Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stay Motivated  During this COVID 19 Pandemic


                                Life during this Stay at the home period of Pandemic is difficult. We are constantly exposed to news and views on TV and social media. The invisible enemy is around us.

                                  When will this pandemic end? What will happen if I get infected? My relatives may get infected. Many such questions come to everyone's mind.
                              Along with you may have economic and financial problems. Many small businesses have stopped functioning. Hotel, Airlines, and Travel Industries are facing a big slump in demand. If you have a small business and it's closed then it adds to the problem. You have to repay loans. So many such worries you may have.
                           Our lives have suddenly and dramatically changed. We try to avoid the invisible enemy sweeping across the planet. Anxiety and stress follow.
                             The big question is how do we stay positive and motivated during this turbulence.
                         

                            I have found out two very scientific and interesting articles regarding the reduction of anxiety during this Pandemic. I have selected 3 recommendations based on these articles.                              The First Article is A Compassionate Guide to Anxiety During COVId 19 Pandemic By Dr. Eric Goodman, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist.


                           

                               Understanding why we are so anxious now?

Many Marketing Gurus advertise methods to be Anxiety Free.

                                Anxiety-free” is a marketing catch-phrase, not a realistic goal for most humans. Some amount of anxiety is helpful because it protects you from harm. However, an excess amount of anxiety is not good for health.

                            Here we are reminded of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. This is the tale of a seemingly ferocious beast who, upon first glance, looks and sounds like the villain of the story. Halfway through, however, you come to learn that the beast isn’t the villain—he’s the misunderstood hero. Yes, he still looks beastly and has an unpleasant roar, but his heart is in the right place.

                              Anxiety is like that misunderstood beast. It can be loud and unpleasant to be around, but it means well. Its job is to protect us from anything it perceives to be a threat—whether that be public speaking at work or a widespread invisible virus. Anxiety is well-intentioned, but a very unnerving hero.                           Anxiety wants to help us. It wants us to stay safe. However excess amounts of anxiety can be harmful. It can produce sleepless nights and high blood pressure. It can increase heartbeats. It can be debilitating.                            
                           Anxiety wants to help us. It wants us to stay safe. However excess amounts of anxiety can be harmful. It can produce sleepless nights and high blood pressure. It can increase heartbeats. It can be debilitating.
Tranquil park in City Center


Author: Trinh Mai 
           In this article, the author describes the usefulness of mindfulness during this turbulent time. Mindfulness is a practice of paying attention to the present moment experiences with compassion and curiosity.




                                        Based on these articles and my 30 years of clinical experience I have come up with these 3 recommendations to reduce anxiety during these times.

  •  Communicate with your friends. Social distancing may not allow you to be face to face with your friends and family members. You can make phone or video calls to discuss issues. Pent up anxiety decreases when we share our thoughts with our well-wishers and friends. Stay connected. You can listen to motivational lectures. You can learn something new like cooking or dancing.
  • Have a more compassionate approach to anxiety. Research has shown that increasing compassion is related to a quieting of anxiety and depression. It enhanced the sense of well being. Minimize your daily intake of news. Get a good 8 hours of sleep. Limiting substances like caffeine and nicotine helps in the reduction of anxiety.

  • Practice Mindfulness. It decreases rumination and obsessive thoughts. You can do a 5-minute body scan. You can learn relaxing breathing techniques. You can Do Physical exercises like jogging and skip in one place. You can do step aerobics at home. Where it is allowed you can go running outdoors maintaining social distancing. Have a positive attitude. After every night day comes. Similarly, we will discover some vaccine or treatment for the disease soon.


Dr. Nishikant Sharma MD FACP is a Health care Professional.
He is an advocate of quality healthcare at affordable prices for all. 
He is a Medical Writer and Content Creator.

Done course in Content Writing from the University Of California Davis. (Coursera)




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Do You have Stress ? Do you want to reduce stress?

Do You Have Stress? Do You Want to reduce Stress?

A Busy Monday

Imagine you have to catch the suburban train. The train is scheduled to leave after 5 minutes. You are stuck in heavy traffic. 

You are surrounded by so many cars and trucks. Each one is honking at its best. 

The next train is after 45 minutes. If you reach late you are going to miss the train and reach the office late. Boss will be very angry. 

Consider another situation. You have to complete a project. You have to present it to the committee tomorrow.

You have completed 90% of work. In the evening the day before the presentation, you find your file is missing.

 These are some of the thousands of examples of different forms of stress that we face daily in our busy lives. 

Imagine the situation of a young athlete who has prepared for his sports event for the whole year. Just before the event, he sprains his ankle. 

How can he compete tomorrow?


His time and efforts will go in vain. We face thousands of such situations daily.

 End Result


It leads to anger frustrations and stress. The body responds by releasing chemical substances like adrenaline which can increase the heart rate and blood pressure. Chronic release of adrenaline can 
cause stress and hypertension over a period of time.

 It can also increase blood sugar levels. Depression and anxiety are other by-products.
          

  We do so many things in the hope of attaining a condition of rest, once you have done them. You think let me buy a big house and then I will be able to rest peacefully. 




You take a big loan from a bank by signing a mortgage deal. You say I will never rest till I get it in my name. Your EMI has started. This will go on for years. 

Maybe someday you will be able to accomplish your goals. By achieving your goals you will get rest and peace. 

In the unending pursuits of goals, we never do one thing and that is to enjoy today. Peace cannot be found outside ourselves. What passes for peace is a temporary pause in the battle of life. The new house that you have bought will be a prelude to new challenges and projects. Someday maybe you will be able to relax.



              We either live in the past thinking about our failures or in future planning new projects. We hardly live in the present tense. We regret about failed relationships and missed opportunities. Thinking about the future produces anxiety. What if I fail in exams or an interview . What will happen if I lose my job tomorrow. How will I repay loans? The end result is the same. Anxiety depression frustration and   High blood pressure.

 A hard-working guy can become the CEO of the company but becomes a heart patient in the process. Young successful handsome and hypertensive.

               Recent studies have shown the benefits of mindfulness. Why postpone joy and happiness. Enjoy the present moment. Mindfulness stills the mind. The mind is full of cross-currents of thoughts. Mindfulness brings in peace today. Stillness Speaks. Creative thoughts can occur only in a peaceful mind. 


                The prevalence of high blood pressure is increasing: enlarging the spectrum of available measures for its prevention and treatment could be useful.

                 Some data from medical literature suggests that mindfulness could play a role not only in the management of stress but also in blood pressure control and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

                 The mechanisms involved may be based on the modulation of the emotional reaction and biological response to stress, via the regulation of the autonomous nervous system.


                 This method is accessible to anyone who is interested and is not related to any religious belief. It’s simple easy and fun and above all very affordable. Medicines used for hypertension can have adverse events but this practice is devoid of any ill effects.


What are the different types of Mindfulness? To know more please click here:-https://mindfulnes4you.blogspot.com/2020/01/different-forms-of-mindfulness-many.html
Learn more about Blood sugar Control (For People suffering from Diabetes):-https://mindfulnes4you.blogspot.com/2020/02/7-incredibly-simple-ways-to-reduce-high.html
Do You want to learn more about Coronavirus/Covid19 infection? Please click on:-
https://mindfulnes4you.blogspot.com/2020/03/how-to-prevent-corona-virus-covid19.html
If you want to learn more about how to control High Blood Pressure then click on:-
https://mindfulnes4you.blogspot.com/2020/01/hypertension-silent-killer-hypertension.html


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