As more people start to head back into the workplace, ensuring strong working relationships within a team, is a concern to many. Many months have been spent working remotely with only a screen to connect and communicate through. In some cases, new colleagues are yet to meet their fellow associates. Camaraderie and connections within a team are a prerequisite to a happy, content and productive workforce.
Forest bathing, also known as the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku, involves immersing yourself in nature to relax, reflect and recharge. Nature captivates your senses, and by removing today’s technology and with it the constant chatter inside your head, you start to slow down and develop an appreciation for the little things that often get missed in our fast paced lives.
This compassion with nature leads to a deeper understanding of yourself and your close relationships, enabling you to strip back the protective layers that have built up over the past difficult months. Strengthening relationships beyond the surface level in this way helps to create more lasting bonds within friendship groups and teams of colleagues.
Sonya Dibbin, from Adore Your Outdoors www.adoreyouroutdoors.co.uk runs Forest Bathing sessions in small COVID compliant groups, in various forest locations around Hampshire and Berkshire. She laughs when she says ‘In Forest Bathing there are no baths involved, so you can most certainly keep your clothes on!’ She goes on to say ‘we’ve all suffered from the most recent lockdown, being stuck inside within the same 4 walls during the winter and only communicating with your colleagues via a screen. We probably all benefitted from a lunchtime stroll, a weekend walk, or simply getting outside in the garden but nature connection takes it a step further. It is proven to result in sustained increases in health and happiness, a more pro-environmental behaviour and is just waiting to be discovered’.
Adore Your Outdoors will be holding a free Forest Bathing walk on 12 May in Newbury as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and book as spaces will be limited.