Discover the healing power of forest bathing during menopause

Discover the healing power of forest bathing during menopause

As we step into June, I hope you're finding time to enjoy the blossoming summer.

Today, I want to share a practice that has been incredibly rejuvenating for me and might be just what you need if you're navigating the challenges of menopause: Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing.

Embracing Shinrin-yoku
Originating in Japan, Shinrin-yoku translates to "forest bathing." This practice involves immersing yourself in the forest atmosphere, soaking in the sights, sounds and smells of nature.

It's more than just a walk in the woods though; it's about connecting with nature on a deeper level to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing. Here's how you can start:

Find a Forest: Locate a nearby park or wooded area. Even a small urban park near your office can offer a mini forest bathing experience.

Slow Stroll: Walk intentionally, focusing on your surroundings and practice belly breathing to enhance relaxation.

Be Present: Engage your senses, put your phone away for a minute, notice the colours of the leaves and the sounds around you.

The Benefits for Menopausal Women
Menopause can bring about a myriad of symptoms, from hot flushes to mood swings. Forest bathing offers several benefits that can help alleviate these symptoms:

  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety: The calming effect of nature helps lower our cortisol levels, reducing stress and anxiety, which are common during menopause​ (British Menopause Society)​​.
  • Improves Sleep: Exposure to natural light and the relaxing environment of the forest can improve our beloved, sometimes elusive sleep.
  • Boosts Mood: Spending time in nature increases the production of serotonin, a hormone that contributes to a sense of wellbeing and happiness.

Practical Tips for Your Forest Bathing Experience
Schedule Regular Visits: Make forest bathing a regular part of your routine. Aim for at least once a week.

Disconnect: Leave your phone behind or switch it off. This time is for you to connect with nature, free from digital distractions.

Bring a Friend: Sharing the experience with a friend can enhance the enjoyment and provide additional support.

Menopause is a significant life transition, but incorporating practices like Shinrin-yoku can make the journey smoother and more enjoyable. By taking time to connect with nature, you can find relief from symptoms and embrace this phase with greater ease and positivity.

Here's to a peaceful and sunny June, filled with the healing power of nature.

With love,

Stefanie x

Discover the healing power of forest bathing during menopause