If your child is feeling overwhelmed by stress, suggest a healing walk outdoors.
Spring has finally arrived, and the trees and flowers are in full bloom. It’s a perfect time to discover the healing powers of nature! Believe it or not, taking mindful walks outdoors – especially surrounded by trees – has been scientifically shown, in studies around the world, to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, improve healing, and boost concentration. The Japanese have a name for this activity: Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” More than just going for a walk in the woods, it requires you to be conscious of the sights, smells and sounds around you, and to clear your mind of any other busy thoughts.
If your child is feeling anxious about exams, a simple, ten-minute “forest bath” might be all she needs to feel more relaxed. If you can’t find a nearby forest, try a large park, garden, or even a path beside a body of water. There are plenty of options in and around Montreal. To find out more about the powers of nature, read: