Speed and urgency, being connected to screens all day generates constant stress. We need to spend time in nature to balance that stress.
Forest therapy is inspired by the Shinrin-Yoku (translated as forest bath) that was born in Japan in the early 1980s as a response to the high stress rates that people in that nation presented and that led to a significant increase from diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Students from the University of Michigan were assigned to take a 50 minute walk, either in a tree lined park or on a busy street. They performed a memory task, where they had to remember and repeat an increasing number of digits, before and after the walk. Performance was significantly better after the walk in the natural environment but not after walking on the street.
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