time to connect with mother nature

Dr Jess says: I, like many others, crave being outdoors when I feel stressed or have been working at a computer too long. It doesn’t surprise me that the benefits of shinrin-yoku are so extensive, but it is a wonderful validation for the common advice we give patients to spend more time outdoors. 

New research shows these benefits are more pronounced in older woodland which makes me more concerned for the environmental destruction and building of roads, high-speed railways and houses that is going on around us, supposedly offset by planting ‘new’ trees. Studying Botany at university opened up a whole new world of understanding of the wonder of trees for me and made the film Avatar’s notion of a brain-like connection network between trees less the stuff of sci-fi and even more real. 

We all live in symbiosis with the natural world and it continually reveals its’ amazing potential to heal. Part of Adio’s goals is to support the protection of nature’s diversity, to ensure it is still available for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy…

Shinrin-yoku means ‘forest bathing’, or taking in the forest atmosphere. It has been investigated for its health benefits by the Japanese since the 1980s. While most of us know instinctively that walking in natural environments, such as woods and forests can make us…