Issue 154 | Might be time for a 🌳 bath.

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Wednesday. Hump day. If you are reading this inside, get outside. Maybenot right this second, but right after you read this Daily Tonic and forwardit to ten of your friends, let’s go for a walk and spend a little timeoutside. It’s good for you. But how good for you? And what the heck is forestbathing? Let’s dive in.

A Bath In The Forest

I am sure that taking a literal bath in the forest would be incrediblypeaceful, relaxing, and have its own slew of health benefits, but that is notwhat forest bathing is. There is no tub required. Forest bathing is simplyspending uninterrupted time in a forest, while allowing all five of yoursenses to fully connect with nature. That’s right. No headphones, no phone, noVR goggles. We are talking about real nature here- all the technology stays athome (or in your pocket). I know, I know. Sounds crazy and a little woo woo.No phone? No podcast? All five senses? How am I supposed to taste nature whileI forest bathe? All good questions, but the reported health benefits aresupported by actual science. Thisstudy foundthat three days of forest bathing had positive impacts on immune health, withthose positive impacts lasting for an entire month. Thisreview alsofound that forest bathing may significantly improve people’s physical andpsychological health. The Japanese are actually the ones responsible forcoining the term, “forest bathing.” They call it Shinrin-yoku. It turns outthat the Japanese also have the longest average lifeexpectancy.Coincidence? I don’t know, but this whole forest bathing thing is starting tosound better and better. As a society, we’ve become increasingly disconnectedfrom nature. Lockdowns and travel restrictions over the past year and a halfprobably haven’t helped, but the trend predates the pandemic. Healthy food,regular exercise, proper hydration, and adequate sleep are all huge pieces foroptimizing health, but there are other powerful ways to help our bodies feelamazing. Forest bathing may just be one of those. Does this mean you have togo out to the forest on a three day vision quest, free of all technology? Thatsounds amazing, but who has time for that? Spending more time outside innature is a great goal to strive for. That could mean a daily 15 minute walkor a hike on the weekends. Just make sure that for at least part of it, youleave your phone in your pocket and your airpods at home. As long as you arereading the Daily Tonic 5 times a week, it is ok to disconnect from time totime.

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This Is Fashion

Blue light blockers. We have talked about them before and even plugged some ofour favorite brands. As so many people have shifted to long hours in front ofa computer screen while working from home, the need for blue blockers has beenvery real. It is especially important in the PM hours, when you want to signalyour body to start winding down. Blue light from devices can trick your bodyinto thinking it is still time to be awake, making it difficult to promote aproper circadian rhythm, which in turn has a negative impact on sleep quality.Health benefits aside, it turns out that many people just love the way theseblue blockers look. That’s right. As people go back to their offices, manyare choosing to keep the blue blockers on regardless of whether they are infront of a screen. Turns out the “work from home” look is very IN right now. Theproblem is that blue light is actually important in the daylight hours. Thisis when you actually want your body to get the signal that it is midday andtime to be awake. Wearing blue blockers during the day may not be the bestidea… But they look so good on me though…

Tonic Shots

  • Blue blockers you’ll want to wear when it’s just you and your work crush on a Zoom call. Just don’t wear them all day.
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