Biophilia refers to human’s innate desire to spend time in and connect with nature. Embrace your biophilia this year by resolving to spend one day a week exploring your local forest!
Several studies have revealed that spending time in the forest has multiple health benefits, including: an improved immune system, lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, lower blood glucose levels, and even cancer prevention. Not to mention the positive psychological effects forests have on us; walking as little as 15 minutes in the forest can decrease feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue.
There are compounding benefits to spending more time outside; along with all the health benefits I listed above, you get physical exercise from walking through the woods and intellectual stimulation by observing the plant and animal species that surround you.
Try out some forest therapy this year by visiting one of the many beautiful forests the Fraser Valley has to offer. Here are a few of my favorites: