When it had snowed heavily here in the northern Black Forest last week, we simply couldn't miss this last opportunity to go on a day trip up with the children. The cross-country trails had not been groomed that day, but everything was perfect for a leisurely walk in the forest followed by tobogganing fun. In the midst 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 there and understand once again how small we actually are, but still to be part of something bigger.
A walk in the forest really works like medicine, holistically on the body and the psyche. Not only endorphins (happiness hormones) are shaken out, which strengthen our immune system and stimulate the metabolism. Numerous scientific studies have shown that looking into the green also has a positive effect on our vegetative nervous system and reduces anxiety and stress, regulates blood pressure and pulse rate and reduces the release of harmful stress hormones. It also inhibits inflammation and lowers the risk of allergies, asthma and cardiovascular diseases. According to the Japanese environmental immunologist Dr. Qing Li is an hour's walk in the forest enough to stimulate the immune system (the number of killer cells is increased) and thus to support the body to be better prepared for inflammation and infection. The reason for this seems to be the oxygen-rich air, but also the terpenes, volatile organic substances that plants produce in the forest. My conclusion: With the awakening of nature and the coming spring, we should take every opportunity 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 loved ones a healthy start to spring!
Jacket: Woolrich; Sweater: Gant (similar here); Pants: Spyder; Shoes: Ugg (similar here);