Feeling Stressed Lately? Take a Walk in the Woods!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

It's understandable to feel uneasy of late, the news has been brutal for the last several months. Floods, hurricanes, forest fires and recently, the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Experts tell us to choose our news sources carefully to ensure credibility, and to limit our time being barraged by the onslaught of opinions in Social Media. 

We realize the responsibility to stay informed, but we also realize the importance of limiting the time spent listening to nonstop news reports and discussions. Get involved where you can, and contribute to causes where you feel most passionate. Connect with like-minded people, write your local representatives, volunteer, send money to disaster relief organizations, you get the idea. Be proactive. 


In addition, we think there's a disconnect for many people to the natural world. Too much screen time - TVs, computers, tablets, and smart phones creates "Nature deprivation."

 

Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your mental wellbeing reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell.


If you live in an urban environment, take a walk in a local park, or along a tree-lined street, find a green space. Visit an arbortetum. Country dwellers will likely find connections to nature a bit easier. Even soothing views can help restore our serenity. We think it's time to spend less time in front of the screen, and more time walking in the woods. 


The Japanese call walking in the woods, "shinrin-yoku," which translates as forest bathing. We think it's a perfect description of the benefits of being in nature. 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.


 

                                                                             

 

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The first thought I had when I saw your picture and title was "ooooh, I want to go - pick me!  Pick me!

Oct 07, 2017 04:49 PM #31
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Hi Debb- couldn't agree more and I too love the phrase shinrin-yoku. We get our daily fix from our morning walks along the beach. And we have learned to limit our time watching the news or being in social media. 

Oct 07, 2017 05:17 PM #32
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I like that phrase, forest bathing!  I am surrounded by so much beautiful nature that I have to tear myself away and sit in front of the computer from time to time. A necessary evil. lol

Oct 07, 2017 05:44 PM #33
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Forest bathing, what an interesting concept. I think I will try it. I enjoyed the picture as well. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 07, 2017 06:00 PM #34
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Debb

Congratulations on recieving a feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 07, 2017 08:31 PM #35
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I love reading your great feature today. Thanks for sharing. 

Oct 08, 2017 06:43 AM #36
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Sharon Tara
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My husband and I have been taking walks lately, every day after dinner. On the weekend we try new places...usually in wooded areas. It can be so relaxing. 

 

Oct 08, 2017 08:01 AM #37
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Debb,

 I wish we had woods to walk in! We love to wal but our climate does not make easy to take walks! Congrats on the feature!

Oct 08, 2017 12:20 PM #38
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Debb & Bernie, no woods here best we can do is walk around the block or two:)Endre

Oct 08, 2017 07:09 PM #39
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Deb and Bernie, so timely that you would write this post now. I have recently been considering how to start a Forest Bathing group at the senior center where I teach Tai Chi and theater arts for aging. I love to walk in the woods, but seldom take time to linger and bathe in the stillness.

Oct 09, 2017 05:05 AM #40
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This is so true. There is nothing like taking a walk in a forest or area with large old and mature green trees to give you that sense of peace and calm. I love doing that. Great post. 

Oct 09, 2017 10:50 AM #41
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As much as we need to be informed, watching the news is often depresing, the outdoors is definitely the fresh air our minds and souls need.

Oct 09, 2017 02:34 PM #42
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Bathing in the forest...yup, a daily cleanser to be sure, Debb and Bernie! Such a perfect post, and I only wish I could wave a magic wand to give everyone a dose of what we get to experience regularly. It would make the world a calmer place, for sure. 

Oct 11, 2017 07:38 PM #43
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Sorry all, we've been in Denver. Even had a snow day! Hahaha. Catching up and we'll be visiting you.  D

Oct 12, 2017 02:20 PM #44
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Forest bathing - I LOVE that term and agree with every word in your post, Debb! I don't think that it is fully understood just how beneficial nature is to us - as you mentioned, it also contributes to longevity and there's a reason for that!

Disconnecting is something that I am well aware I need more of - I'm making great efforts, putting my best foot forward (pun intended!) and hope to be on a better routine by the end of the year. We ALL need it!

Great post and congratulations on the well-deserved feature.

Oct 12, 2017 09:20 PM #45
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Good morning Debb and Bernie - a walk through nature is just what is needed.  It always works for me.

Oct 13, 2017 06:24 AM #46
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I would love to do that but lately i have been so busy with work I am meeting myself coming and going. Any spare time is used to catch up on yard work or see friends. Soon I will see the light.

Oct 13, 2017 08:28 PM #47
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I love the photo, and this time of year....walking through the crisp leaves...ahhhh

Oct 17, 2017 07:36 AM #48
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It is very important to make a time break for yourself. No technologies. A small walk or run are the best. 

Oct 19, 2017 11:24 PM #49
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I definitely have the need to get away from the screens and indoors!

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