I’m trying, I’m really frigging trying. I had a discussion this week with my CPN about ways to better communicate with OH and ways to improve our overall family wellbeing.
We discussed forest walking as a way to be in each others company, away from the daily grind of life. She mentioned that this is popular in Japan. She was off course right. I was intrigued and have done a little reading.
“Forest bathing—basically just being in the presence of trees—became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy.”
There is a lot in the literature that does indeed support the health benefits of exposure to nature and green spaces on human systems. But we all know this already; right?
OH was off work today so we took a trip to a nearby forest (and beach). Little man loved it! There is definitely something calming about being out in nature. I don’t know why we don’t do this more. We will from now on. The odd thing is, both myself and OH were raised in the countryside amongst cows and fields and freedom. It’s in our DNA, so being out in nature is something we should strive for regularly.
I need people right now to point out he obvious to me, and push me to do things that will bring me back to life. I’m thankful that I have such excellent community support at the moment and a psychologist who is honest and realistic with me.