13 Apr Find Renewal Through Forest Bathing at Seven Ponds
The next time you feel the weight of the world resting on your shoulders, take a moment to close your eyes and take yourself to a forest in your mind. Imagine yourself taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of natural forest as you walk down a path towards mental renewal. Let the sensation take over and fully immerse your body in your private version of Shinrin Yoku.
Feel better? That’s because you have just experienced a taste of how powerful nature can actually be for your health. At Seven Ponds Treatment & Renewal we believe in the spiritual power of nature and know for a fact, that exposing patients to the beauty of our ecosystem is essential to their path towards addiction recovery.
One of the methods that our Wilderness Program and other alternative rehab programs utilize is the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, or, “Forest Bathing.” This may be a new concept to many people, so we’re here to tell you all about this practice and how it can benefit your mental and physical health.
What Is Shinrin Yoku?
Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) is a Japanese practice that stems back to the 1980s. At its core, Forest Bathing is when someone takes the time to experience nature, and allow it to rejuvenate, calm, and restore their mental and physical health through relaxation in nature. It is currently a cornerstone for Japanese preventative healthcare.
Health Benefits of Forest Bathing
Forest bathing immerses a person in a natural environment and allows them to use their senses to find peace and positivity through nature. At Seven Ponds, we regularly practice the art of “being still” and enjoying the healing powers of nature through ecotherapy. Our patients greatly benefit from the boons of forest bathing and have found the practice to be helpful in their path towards redemption.
Give Your Mental Health a Boost
Many of our patients come from larger surrounding cities where the urban buzz can distract them from focusing on their mental health and renewal. Studies have shown that when people take a break and enjoy a long walk through nature, their mental health can be improved.
Fortunately, the wilderness is what our alternative treatment center is all about. Through our various outdoor activities that range from building the world’s largest wind chime, to enjoying time alone in meditation, patients can experience the mental health boost that they need to find the message of healing in the storm that they are currently immersed in.
Forest bathing is an excellent method to help reduce the stress of recovery and allow patients to focus on what they can do to help themselves in the present.
Improve Cognitive Function
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the main ways that we help our patients on our Texoma ranch. Part of cognitive therapy is finding the creativity to think your way through the healing process. It’s been found that forest bathing and general exposure to the great outdoors can help produce creativity and help patients realize the healthy, positive ways that they can approach their recovery process.
Experience Forest Bathing the Seven Ponds Way!
The road to addiction recovery is long, stressful, and gratifying all at once. The alternative alcohol and drug treatment programs at Seven Ponds will help you not only find your human spirit, but also show you methods you can take with you for help with life after renewal.
Contact us today to apply for one of our programs and get your life on the path that leads away from addiction.