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Swimming in a Sea of Trees

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

I am an overthinker, I ponder, I try to find logic even when there is none to find! my mind is always on the go I find it very hard to switch off.

I have always found it hard to switch off, even at night I'm a light sleeper. Having chronic nerve damage doesn't help, even with that mountain of drugs it's a struggle. Giving me even more time to think.

Herbert Plantation
Swimming in a Sea of Trees

I went on one of those luxury holidays earlier in the year, where everything was included and the hardest thing was which sunbed I want, #pool or #beach, what #cocktail should I try next and which of the many restaurants we wanted to eat in. It was the first time I done one of these types of holidays, I just don't know how to relax!

Slowing down my thoughts

I have lived in the same area for 15+ years. Only when I took on my son's dog (Cali) a few years ago did I find out what's literally on my doorstep, and I found a distraction for my thoughts.

We do the same walk almost every day, Cali likes his routine, he likes walking the same paths, stopping at the same benches, he will just lay down if I try and take him on a different path! I have found myself looking forward to them, I have one airpod in with my two club feet playlist on in the background, and I just get #lost. The daily changes of #nature, the colours, the sounds, the different seasons, I get to see and be a part of it all, my thoughts slow down I appreciate everything around me. it's probably the one time of each day I start feeling #relaxed.

The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health

Swimming in a sea of trees

The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.

Forest bathing—basically just being in the presence of trees—became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy.


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