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Technology Cleansing
Revitalization in Nature
mental detox
Scandanavia and the Finns in particular have a distinct term for this - METSÄKYLPY SUOMI or Forest Bathing. The practice of spending time in a forest has been scientifically proven to improve health. 'Forest bathing' lowers heart rate and blood pressure, reduces stress, boosts the immune system, and improves the overall feeling of well-being.
I have always found it difficult to relax throughout my life. Given my recent research and the current trend to recognise the benefits of being in nature, I purposefully set out to test this on my visit to Finland. I rented a forest cabin in Nuuksio National Park 60 minutes from Helsinki. There was minimal electricity for a hotplate and microwave. No internet, no running water, no internal plumbing, an outhouse, a fireplace, sauna, a woodshed, and a canoe for near a lake. No neighbours, 3km dirt road, no data reception.

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