Tri-Unity Wellness is now offering an opportunity to experience nature therapy through the art of Shinrin Yoku and Walk & Talk Counselling.

I am grateful that through these recent challenging times to be OK. I have kept my job be it a different experience than before Covid. I have been adaptable and flexible with my approaches which means I can still work effectively with clients. However, for an outdoors “kinda girl” I am now spending a lot of time online and I have noticed what effects this increased screen time has on me.

Firstly after an eight-hour working day in front of zoom, Microsoft etc, I feel like I have been in a dark pit in another dimension. My head feels foggy, My eyes appear to be looking in opposite directions and I could sleep at a drop of a hat. After four days I’m done. The outcome I find is not wanting to spend any additional time with technology. Great… and yes this is good however doing admin, research, study, promoting my practice, and speaking with friends online feels a huge ask.

My savior is the great outdoors and the reason why I believe I am OK during these times. As a child, I spent any time not in school or bed outdoors. I have always run outdoors for miles over hills, down country paths, and along beaches. I love how that makes me feel, fit, healthy, invincible, strong, inspired. Some of my best ideas originated outdoors!

White Water

Recently I had a feeling deep inside me, I felt ok but this feeling was deep inside. My rational mind told me you are ok, nothing is wrong here but there was this feeling. Again as I said earlier I have been lucky, another reason is the beautiful forest I live right next to and being able to spend time in. I took myself and the feeling into the forest , found a tree trunk to sit on and closed my eyes. Breathing in the air provided by the trees and slowly reciprocating with the CO2 I exhale what the forest needs to survive, grow and expand.

During the time I spent quietly in the forest the ‘feeling’ dissipated. I recognized the feeling I had as being not appreciated. In the moment of being in the forest and breathing in the air, there had been an exchange of appreciation between myself and the forest for the gift of life we give each other.

I left the forest that day grounded and whole. enlightened.

I would like to share my experiences of the Gift of Nature with you by offering Walk & Talk Counselling and Nature Therapy in the form of Shinrin Yoku.

Shinrin Yoku or Forest bathing originates from Japan. The slow and relaxed pace of forest bathing allows you to experience your senses and engage with the healing powers of nature. Experiencing the sights, sounds, feel, and smell of the forest allows you to become fully aware of yourself and your current experience. The effect of forest bathing has been proven to decrease the following:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Rumination and negative thinking

Physically forest bathing has been found to:

  • Lower pulse rate
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease concentrations of cortisol (a hormone released as part of the Fight, Flight, and Freeze response)
  • Additionally, forest bathing increases the ‘parasympathetic nervous system’ which switches off the Flight, Fight and Freeze response

Why choose Nature Therapy?

Our modern lifestyle is completely at odds with our human nature. Never in history have we been exposed to so much technology and screen time. On our phones, laptops, tablets all day, and television at night yet of our time on this planet we have spent 99.9% of it without technology. It is only 0.01% of human history have we lived our lives in urban technological environments (Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, A university professor, researcher, and the deputy director of Chiba University’s Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences).

Many studies demonstrate the negative effect continual exposure to technology has on our physical and mental health. Most of us live in a world of targets, multi-tasking, working, family commitments, and the list goes on all having an effect on our well being. Spending time in nature balances out our lives and takes us back to where we as humans belong increasing our well-being both mentally and physically.

To show my appreciation of nature I am donating £5 from every Walk & Talk Counselling session undertaken to the World Wildlife Fund. To donate independently to my fundraiser please follow the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/688707025360785/?cft[0]=AZVIk0u2-6pEpTVWXqqe5lNwK5XYypGxCp4Jbe1-ywmm3hOQtjnpD5Ose1LFPd7MK04LM08roCOEJP7lQZVyiVMkO2Cq-qEz4lBn8lt0ZqUfa_paXlrvFriW3ny73E5O-vU&tn=-UK-R

Other nature articles:

https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/about/science

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/spending-more-time-in-nature-and-why-it-is-important/?fbclid=IwAR2cSSv40IydYGUngifcrNVjeYALhiSxJuQf6ilLhe1A6NaYURyqfmTEtSc

https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health