Since the year 2000, we have become an urban species: the world’s population grew from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014, according to the United Nations Population Division. The projection for 2050 is that 25% of the world’s population, approximately 9 billion people, will live in cities.
We have transformed into species that predominantly live indoors, as reported by the U.S. Department of the Environment. A staggering 93% of our time is spent indoors, while only 6% is spent in vehicles, meaning we spend just half a day per week in the outdoors.
Currently, we consume over 10 hours and 35 minutes of media per day, more time than we spend sleeping. The more time we spend with technology, the more consequences we face as a result. In 1994, the term “Techno-stress” was coined, describing the stress that increases with technology usage, where individuals feel compelled to constantly be connected to their devices. Symptoms range from anxiety, headaches, depression, mental fatigue, neck and eye strain, insomnia, frustration, irritability, to losing one’s temper.
Living in cities offers convenience and entertainment, but the more time we spend in urban environments, the higher our stress levels become. Increased stress leads to more illnesses, heart attacks, cancers, mental health disorders, addictions, loneliness, depression, and panic attacks. Naturally, heightened stress also escalates the cost of healthcare. The United States alone reports spending $200.01 billion annually on treatments for anxiety and depression.
The World Health Organization has named stress the epidemic of the 21st century, making maintaining our health the greatest challenge we face. Even the slightest contact with nature can have a significant impact on our well-being.
The good news is that immersing yourself in nature through Forest Bathing will help reduce the impact of excessive technology use and allow you to slow down. It will bring you to the present moment, promote relaxation, and rejuvenate your spirit. When you connect with nature using all five senses, you will begin to appreciate the wonders that the natural world provides.
Today, there is evidence demonstrating that regular practice of Shinrin Yoku lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, improves cardiovascular and metabolic health, lowers blood sugar levels, enhances concentration and memory, alleviates depression, boosts energy, strengthens the immune system, increases anti-cancer protein production, and aids in weight loss.
For these reasons, we extend an invitation to you to experience “Shinrin Yoku” with our Alaia Roses Mindfulness Game.
Embrace this opportunity to immerse yourself in the healing power of nature, revitalize your well-being, and discover the profound benefits that await you on this transformative journey.
That’s why we invite you to practice “Shinrin Yoku” with our Alaïa ROSES MINDFULNESS GAME experience.