Tag Archives: mental health

Gardens for Health and Wellbeing

To celebrate National Tree Week back in 2020 (seems so long ago now!), I spoke with several of my colleagues who also work with trees for wellbeing. The fourth person in the series was the lovely Clare Freemantle who lives in the same village as me, and who is taking her first exciting steps in setting […]

Winter Wellbeing – the Mindfulness Tools you need to Recentre

Do you suffer from ‘the winter blues’? Winter is typically the season when we start to feel low, as the darker days and often gloomy weather take their toll. And let’s not mention youknowwhat. Did you know the 3rd Monday in January is dubbed “Blue Monday”? Named because we’re all cold, broke and riddled with […]

Why this Autumn is going to be the most stunning for years

Autumnal countryside scene

Predictions have been made for a glorious autumn display this year. Why? It’s all thanks to the weather. High levels of sunshine throughout spring, a wet June and then further sunshine in July result in trees building up lots of leaf sugar in plant tissues.  Rainbow of colour  As a consequence, you see the range […]

Hampshire Living report on Bathing in Nature with Adore Your Outdoors

During lockdown, Hampshire Living asked me to contribute to a feature on how nature can help us with our mental health. . I shared my thoughts on how the well established practice of Forest Therapy (mindfulness in nature) can help us all, if only we slow down enough to actually notice. One of the causes […]

Richard introduces himself… to his tree!

While I was with Richard Vobes, aka The Bald Explorer the other day, I wanted to show him the sort of thing that happens on a Forest Bathing experience; mainly how it differs from your average walk in the woods, I guess. It was just the two of us so we couldn’t do the group […]

Introducing Forest Therapy to The Bald Explorer

The Bald Explorer and Sonya Dibbin discuss Forest Bathing

Earlier this week I met up with YouTuber vlogger Richard Vobes, aka The Bald Explorer, to speak to him about all things Forest Therapy (also called Forest Bathing). He thought the practice might involve stripping off and thrashing yourself with sticks – that’s the most random interpretation I’ve heard yet! We had a fun day […]

Trying Forest Therapy for the first time…

Lindsey Hood touching tree

🌳 Guest blog from Lindsey, a Life and Executive Coach at www.lindseyhood.net. I have just come back from one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. I spent 3 wonderful hours in Itchen Valley Country Park with the amazing Sonya (and 4 other participants) for some Forest Therapy. 🌳 What is Forest Therapy? […]

FOREST THERAPY: 5 GOOD REASONS YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE NOW!

A woodland scene

  The healing power of nature is now reliably linked to positive long-term health benefits. Evidence shows nature can ward off stress, depression and anxiety, diabetes, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cancer, heart disease…. and I could go on. And sadly, the inverse is true as well. The importance of human connection to nature cannot be […]

Allow me to introduce myself…

Sonya Dibbin

I’m Sonya and before we get into all things forest bathing, I thought perhaps you’d like to get to know a bit more about me, who I am, where I’m from, what I like, how and why I started Adore Your Outdoors. Read on… Where I’ve lived I was born in Farnborough and have lived […]