For decades, the Japanese have used “forest bathing” – mindful time spent among trees – to recharge their bodies and still their minds. Take a leaf out of their book and nature-walk your stress away
We’ve always known that being in nature has serious health benefits. But the Japanese practice of walking mindfully through a quiet forest (called Shinrin-yoku or, roughly translated, “taking in the forest atmosphere”) is gaining steam in the US and Europe, with forest retreats opening and guided sessions taking off. And now, South Africa is entering the glade. The idea: research shows spending QT with foliage in a state of heightened awareness – versus just blindly traipsing through it – can melt stress, dispel negative thoughts and even fortify the immune system.
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AMY HOPKINS EXPLAINS WHY SHE STARTED EMS TRAINING AFTER A CYCLING ACCIDENT AND HOW IT HELPED HEAL HER BODY
Brows That Wow
Beauty Truth: Well-kept arches will totally transform your face. And you can take matters into your own hands right now, at home. Consider this your diy guide to winning the grooming game
When Did We All Get So Extra?
From bedside tables holding the entire Booker Prize longlist totaking on casual social-media challenges like running 100km in a month, taking hobbies to the extreme has become second nature. With the stakes raised, and the humblebrag becoming a new benchmark, what’s the cost to your health?
Tips From Our Tribe
Over the years, we’ve spoken to so many experts and have passed on golden nuggets of information and advice from them to you, our favourite readers. Here, we round up the best of the best so you can live a healthy, happy life
Care To Share
Your social feed is more likely to be filled with raw captions and pickme-up vibes rather than filters. There are real rewards to virtually leaning on others, so learn how to ace the art of online connection
Get Closure (Finally)
The days of waiting for someone else to give you answers are over. Understanding isn’t handed to you, it’s work you – yes, you! – put in.
“Taking Time Out For Yourself Is Of Utmost Importance.”
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Spring Into Action
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BIDEN FACES STEEP CHALLENGES TO REACH RENEWABLE ENERGY GOALS
President Joe Biden wants to change the way the U.S. uses energy by expanding renewables, but he will need to navigate a host of challenges — including the coronavirus pandemic and restoring hundreds of thousands of lost jobs — to get it done.
COUNTRIES URGE DRUG COMPANIES TO SHARE VACCINE KNOW-HOW
In an industrial neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s largest city lies a factory with gleaming new equipment imported from Germany, its immaculate hallways lined with hermetically sealed rooms. It is operating at just a quarter of its capacity.
MICROSOFT: CHINA-BASED HACKERS FOUND BUG TO TARGET US FIRMS
China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft’s email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said this week.
AMAZON OPENS FIRST UK CHECKOUT-FREE GROCERY STORE IN LONDON
Amazon has opened a cashier-free supermarket in London, its first bricks and mortar expansion outside the U.S. as the company bets on strong demand for its contactless shops.
The Hyperinflation Hype
Talk that the U.S. is going the way of Zimbabwe or Venezuela is bunk but bunk can move markets and influence policy
The Geopolitics Of Chips
Taiwan and South Korea have amassed an uncomfortable degree of market power
ROCK THE VOTE!
Dwayne Johnson mulls run for president!
THE WAR ON FREE SPEECH IS ABOUT TO GET A LOT UGLIER
ONE WEEK AFTER being trapped inside the United States Capitol as thousands of pro–Donald Trump marauders attempted to forcibly “stop the steal” of the presidential election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) suggested one possible federal government response: convening a national commission on media literacy.
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