Your Doctor has recommended Nature Therapy:
Sig: Take one walk in nature 30 minutes to 1 hour daily 5 days per week
Known Benefits of Nature Therapy, or Forest Bathing, on Health
Reduce blood pressure and resting heart rate
Improve diabetes management, lower glucoses and lower A1c
Reduce stress hormones and increase relaxation
Reduce Stress, anxiety and depression
Boost the immune system
Increase oxygen and blood supply to brain, increasing creativity
Ways to Start Nature Therapy
Take a timed walk most days in a nearby park for 10-15 minutes and increase time as conditioning improves
Sit down on a park bench or tree stump, close your eyes and focus on your breathing as you hear the sounds of nature
Perform slow gentle stretches on your limb girdles (hips and shoulders) or simple yoga poses (sun salutation and mountain pose)
Visit various parks nearby where you live to get a flavor of different scenery, flora and landscapes.
What to bring
A sturdy pair of walking shoes, preferably with good ankle support
Walking stick or cane for additional support, if you have significant arthritis or nerve issues.
A small sheet for sitting on the forest ground
A small bag with a bottle or two of water and a few healthy snacks
Optional: A walking partner or a dog
An open and clear mind: Your phone turned off or in silence mode.
Your curiosity: Be ready to enjoy the moment and interact in the outdoors.