When it snowed heavily here in the northern Black Forest last week, we just couldn't pass up this last opportunity to go on a day trip up into the mountains with the children. The cross-country ski trails had not yet been groomed that day, but everything was perfect for a leisurely walk in the forest followed by tobogganing fun. In the middle of a beautiful snowy winter landscape, framed by mighty fir trees and far away from the noise of the big city, we were able to stop inside and once again understand how small we actually are, but still be part of something bigger.
A walk in the forest is truly like medicine, holistically for the body and the psyche. Not only are endorphins (happiness hormones) released, which strengthen our immune system and stimulate the metabolism. Numerous scientific studies show that looking out into the green also has a positive effect on our autonomic nervous system and reduces anxiety and stress, regulates blood pressure and pulse rate down and reduces the release of harmful stress hormones. Thus, it also inhibits inflammation and reduces the risk of allergies, asthma and cardiovascular diseases. According to the Japanese environmental immunologist Dr. For Qing Li, an hour's walk in the forest is enough to stimulate the immune system (the number of killer cells is increased) and thus to support the body in order to be better prepared against inflammation and infection. The reason for this seems to be the oxygen-rich air, but also the terpenes, volatile organic substances that plants in the forest produce. My conclusion: With the awakening of nature and the coming spring, we should use every opportunity that presents itself to go out into nature as often as possible, to become aware of its positive effects on our body and mind and to enjoy its beauty and perfection . With this in mind, I would like to say goodbye to winter with these pictures and wish you all a healthy start to spring!
Jacket: Woolrich; Sweater: Gant (similar here); Pants: Spyder; Shoes: Ugg;