The Natural Health Service by Isabel Hardman
Four years ago, political journalist Isabel Hardman suffered a breakdown. In The Natural Health Service, she explains how fresh air, nature and activity were instrumental in her recovery. She also goes beyond personal experience to meet other people with a special appreciation for the healing powers of the outdoors – from mental illness sufferers to psychologists. For Hardman, it was horse riding and cold-water swimming that helped; for others it might be something different. Sceptical at first, she even finds compelling reasons to believe the Japanese craze of ‘forest bathing’ (walking barefoot in the woods, essentially) might work. Readers of this honest, convincing and often funny book will quickly find their own minds changed too.
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