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In a Nutshell: Nature Therapy

Your Doctor has recommended Nature Therapy:

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Rx: Nature

Sig:  Take one walk in nature 30 minutes to 1 hour daily 5 days per week

Refills: Unlimited

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Known Benefits of Nature Therapy, or Forest Bathing, on Health

  1. Reduce blood pressure and resting heart rate

  2. Improve diabetes management, lower glucoses and lower A1c

  3. Reduce stress hormones and increase relaxation

  4. Reduce Stress, anxiety and depression

  5. Improve sleeping

  6. Boost the immune system

  7. Increase oxygen and blood supply to brain, increasing creativity

    Ways to Start Nature Therapy

  1. Take a timed walk most days in a nearby park for 10-15 minutes and increase time as conditioning improves

  2. Sit down on a park bench or tree stump, close your eyes and focus on your breathing as you hear the sounds of nature

  3. Perform slow gentle stretches on your limb girdles (hips and shoulders) or simple yoga poses (sun salutation and mountain pose)

  4. Visit various parks nearby where you live to get a flavor of different scenery, flora and landscapes.


What to bring

  1. A sturdy pair of walking shoes, preferably with good ankle support

  2. Walking stick or cane for additional support, if you have significant arthritis or nerve issues.

  3. A small sheet for sitting on the forest ground

  4. A small bag with a bottle or two of water and a few healthy snacks

  5. Optional: A walking partner or a dog

  6. An open and clear mind:  Your phone turned off or in silence mode. 

  7. Your curiosity:  Be ready to enjoy the moment and interact in the outdoors.

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