I couldn’t wait for the snow to begin yesterday so that I could go for a walk. My original plan was to go forest bathing, but the weather looked a little sketchy, and I would have had to drive several towns over to accomplish this.
Forest bathing, or forest therapy, was discovered by Japanese scientists who believe that a stroll through a forest has beneficial effects on one’s health and physiological well-being. I did this twice in the fall after having yet another row with a family member. Both times I went alone, and I must admit that it was quite exhilarating and made me feel at peace.
So, when the clouds began to empty themselves of their white burden, I convinced Hubs to go with me. We suited up and braced ourselves for the heavy wind gusts and blowing snow.
At our halfway mark, I was having difficulty seeing as I had on my glasses and then tried desperately to wipe them with my woolen mittens which made things worse. As a result, the walk home was a little slow-going because I couldn’t tell where the curbs began or ended. Hah! So much for relaxation. But I have to say that it was invigorating and we were much better off for having gotten off the sofa for a spell–even if we didn’t get any Phytoncide!
Quote of the Day for HER: The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson