‘Health is Wealth’- learned from our childhood and still retains in our lives, but maintaining good Physical and Mental Health is tough in today’s time. We are constantly reminded to focus on exercises, eating healthy, remaining happy, de-stressing, spending time with family and friends, de-attachment from phones and gadgets among others. But this isn’t enough for good Physical and Mental Health. A study shows that being with nature, empowers mental health, such as reduces stress level, anxiety, anger, blood pressure etc. Thereof, environment gives major impact on our health.
In today’s time, life is urbanized to large extend. And with respect to India, as per 2017 census (acc. to The World Bank) 34% of the population is residing in urban areas and 40.76% of country’s population is expected to reside in urban areas in coming years. In this regard, Richard Louv in his book, ‘Last Child of the Winds’, highlights ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ among children.
He further explains that in today’s time, many children are suffering from this disorder due to lack of interaction with natural world. Interaction with Mother Earth should be a part of growing up, which has now diminished due to advent of ‘Technology driven Gadgets Era’. Importance of Living with Natural World is lacking among children.
It is observed, children and people spending time with the environment, surely has better Mental Health, Immune System, Emotional Temperament, Empathy among others. In the ‘Four Arguments For the Elimination of Television,’ Jerry Mander argues that after sometime if you’ll ask children where do oranges grow, they’ll say, “in the supermarket.”
In this view, Dr. Qing Li, a Japanse Doctor and Researcher, in his book, ‘Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness’, highlights how walking in forest and spending time, act as a healer to Physical and Mental Health. Healing through Nature in your arms concept is perfectly described in this book. He states, by 2050, as per United Nations Population Division, three quarters of world’s population will reside in cities.
Also, even now, average American spends 93% of time within doors, and approximately ten hours a day on social media, more than they sleep. In such scenario, Forest Bathing, transforms internally, gives better and long sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, minimizes depression level, enhances overall internal level among others.
In conclusion, optimize time for inner self and mental well-being for healthy and wealthy life!
In this view, Dr. Qing Li, a Japanse Doctor and Researcher, in his book, ‘Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness’, highlights how walking in forest and spending time with nature heals various aspects of Physical and Mental Health. Healing through Nature in your arms concept is perfectly described in this book. He states, by 2050, as per Unite