I wouldn't normally just grab off the web to find what to post about but this one is a must! Considering that my entire web page has everything need for your "Pathways to Wellness" I thought that these beautiful places (mother nature is free and healing) were very appropriate. Please enjoy these 15 real magical pathways from one of my favorite sites on the web, The ones I love the most are 2, 13 and 15! Which ones do you enjoy? I would love to know. Write your thoughts on the bottom of this post.
Trees, a beautiful way to reset your stress button!
Physical activity in the form of a 40 minute walk in the forest was associated with improved mood and feelings of health and robustness. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreased in test subjects after a walk in the forest, when compared with a control group of subjects who engaged in walks within a laboratory setting.
Trees are a living and breathing energy, helping to keep our air clean, give us shade whenever it is needed and to supply us with fruit to eat and wood to warm.
This vibrational idea is backed up by scientific studies to provide proof that tree hugging has amazing benefits to all of us and it is free! A walk in the park may have psychological benefits for people suffering from depression.
A part in the book "Blinded By Science" author Matthew Silverstone has evidence confirming the healthful benefits of trees includes the effects they have on various issues like depression, concentration levels and even the ability to alleviate headaches. This practice has been going on since ancients times so it's not just a new discovery. You can read more about that here
In this latest study, Dr Berman and his research team explored whether a nature walk would provide similar cognitive benefits, and also improve mood for people with clinical depression. Given that individual with depression are characterized by high levels of rumination and negative thinking, the researchers were skeptical at the outset of the study that solitary walk in the park would provide any benefit at all and may end up worsening memory and exacerbating depressed mood. "Our study showed that participants with clinical depression demonstrated improved memory performance after a walk in nature, compared to a walk in a busy urban environment," said Dr. Berman.
Forest bathing seems to significantly mitigate the root cause of a multitude of ailments. Excess stress can play a role in headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, and arthritis, among many other ailments. Forest bathing catalyzes increased parasympathetic nervous system activity which prompts rest, conserves energy, and slows down the heart rate while increasing intestinal and gland activity.
"In Japan, people practise "forest bathing" where they spend quiet time absorbing the wisdom of ancient forests, taking long walks among the trees to stimulate their immune system. In Taoism, students are encouraged to meditate among trees, and it is believed that the trees will absorb negative energies, replacing them with healthy ones. Trees are seen as a source of emotional and physical healing, and themselves as meditators, absorbing universal energies."
Trees like all living things have an energy frequency or vibration and an aura. With roots reaching deep into the earth, the have excellent grounding energy. Their vibrations are slower, deeper and more concentrated compared to some other living things. Essentially they give out the energy vibe of safety, security, and stability.
By coming into contact with a tree you will pick up these vibrations whether you are consciously aware of it or not. You begin to resonate with the tree's energy and you become more centered and grounded. This can help explain the comfort many people feel when next to a tree or remember as a children and what fun it was to climb a tree! So go and hug a tree!
A team of researchers with the U.S. Forest Service Looked at data from 1,296 counties, accounted for the influence of other variables - things like income, race, and education - and came to a simple conclusion: Having fewer trees around may be bad for your health. Their findings, published in 2013 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggest an associative rather than a direct, causal link between the death of trees and the death of humans.
Here are your 4 simple ways to enjoy the trees:
15 feel good ways to get those muscles moving!
I can personally talk myself out of exercise because I can usually find something else to take its place. Dealing with Fibromyalgia for the last 20 plus years has left my body with little to no muscle tone. Did you know that in 5 seconds if you haven't got up, after making a decision to do something, like put on your running shoes, that the brain takes over and talks you out of it! Only 5 seconds! Enjoy this fabulous video from Mel Robbins that gives you great insight into the "why's" of it all.
I think Fred Astaire dances the best. What about you! I love this. I also noticed that I had watched all of these movies as a child. Enjoy!
I once had a friend (well I thought so) who said to me, "you should stop looking at life through rose colored glasses", I was surprised that she said that but haven't changed. I will let the dogs out when it is minus 20 degrees and look up at the beautiful clear sky and admire the stars. I always look on the bright side of things because it just feels good. So (as you guessed) we are no longer friends and that's okay as I was happy to have her in my life for the time being as I think we all understand that. So please do look at life through rose colored glasses and please do stop and smell the roses or the leaf falling from the tree n the fall and even that beautiful butterfly that just happened to land on the flower in front of you while you are pulling the never ending weeds in the garden.
My first dog that I had up in Red Lake Ontario was a lovely boy named "Raisin". When I brought him home in my ski-doo suit he looked just like a raisin. All curly black hair and with eyes and squishy. You know what I mean...:) Raisin was part Bouvier des Flandres and part Husky. He was about 8 weeks old. Really a great dog. Well in the fall I decided to bring some cattails home and put them in a container in the corner of the living room. Raisin thought they were toys and when I came home from work there were cattails seed pods floating everywhere. What a mess! You know even though at the time I was 19 years old I still found great laughter and joy in trying to vacuum up those seed pods and watch Raisin chasing them around because the vacuum cleaner was blowing them around the living room. What a great memory. See....always look at life through rose colored glasses. Makes things wonderful and fun. Please do the same and enjoy it. They are only moments in time.
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On these pages you will find musings about the necessities for leading a less stressful life It is about being able to enjoy the simplicity that can be yours for the taking. All you need to do is to take the first step! Hi My name is Patricia your Certified Stress Management Coach, and I am thrilled that your are here!