While Europe is not in shut-down mode (just yet), we strongly suggest you pay a visit to your local forest once in a while. But for the times ahead when we cannot get out, for weather or pandemic reasons, we suggest you bookmark the “Sounds of the Forest Soundmap” by the Timber Festival. A mere 20 minute meditation to the tunes of the Redwood Drive in Santa Cruz, CA or Peñas Blancas National Park, Nicaragua will effectively lower your heart rate and give you clarity & focus for the day.
As we said before, shinrin-yoku is essential for mind, body and soul. Now, the NY Times has published some comprehensive research on the effects of nature deficit:
Numerous studies have shown the mental and physical benefits of spending time in nature, but for some people, it took a pandemic and stay-at-home orders for that desire to spend more time outdoors to feel like a necessity.