Have you heard of the term “Forest Bathing“? Sounds intriguing right?
The practice originated in Japan in the 1980’s where it is called shinrin (= forest) yoku (= bathing), “Shinrinyoku”.
(Likely practiced in many other cultures around the world as well.)
The idea is simple yet profound: if a person visits an area mostly surrounded by nature and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
I am sure you have at least once experienced a special feeling or sense of awe when out in nature where all your stress and worries seem to disappear, where you feel grounded and happier.
The practice is proven by scientists to benefit physical as well as mental health.
These studies associated with forest bathing are nothing short of remarkable and certainly on a different level than what any pharmaceutical drug could offer.
Here are some of the benefits of Forest Bathing;
– Reduced blood pressure
– Reduced stress
– Improved mood
– Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
– Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
– Increased energy level
– Improved sleep
Quite often skin problems and most other health problems are caused or exacerbated by stress, instead of intense exercise, try to simply walk in the forest and feel the healing and rejuvenating energy from the vibrant plant life that surrounds you.
I believe going for a walk in the forest in the winter time is especially beneficial to our health, to get fresh air and burn the extra energy that we have accumulated over the holidays.
Keep moving and enjoy, cherish and preserve the beautiful nature that surrounds us – Welcome the daily practice of Forest Bathing!