Mindfulness is a form of meditation which has been proven to have a variety of benefits. Mindfulness refers to heightened awareness of what is going on within and around you, in the present moment, in a non-judgemental way.
Awareness of the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace is growing, and it is increasingly being adopted by leaders and staff alike to help them perform better in complex fast-changing and unpredictable environments.
Applying the principles of mindfulness to the outdoors brings a walk in the woods to a new level of intensity. It’s all about submerging yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the woods.
A 2004 study from the Nippon Medical School found that time spent in a wooded environment lowers stress and promotes improved physical and mental health.
The benefits of practising mindfulness include:
- Enhanced cognitive skills: concentration, memory, creative thinking, openness, flexibility
- Enhanced psychological skills: emotional intelligence, coping with stress, communication and interpersonal relationships, self-confidence
- Improved health and wellbeing: stress reduction, illness prevention, improved sleep quality, emotional resilience