‘Forest Bathing’ Is Great for Your Health. Here’s How to Do It
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Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.
It is the simple act of being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world.
We are nearing a future where more than half of the world’s population will live in cities. We are living in a time when the average American spends most of our lives indoors.
Good news: even a small amount of time in nature can have a positive impact on our health.
A two-hour forest bath will help you to unplug from technology and slow down. It will bring you into the present moment and de-stress and relax you.
• First, find a spot. Leave your devices in the car. Follow your body to wherever it takes you. Don’t rush. Just wander.
• Let nature be your guide. Use all of your senses. From the sound of birds and the rustling of leaves, to the taste of the air and the aroma of a coming rain. There are so many ways to connect with the natural world around you. Find happiness here.
The amount of things you can do to connect with nature are endless.
Here are some of the things people do while forest bathing: journaling, nature walking, yoga, eating in the forest, hot-spring therapy, T’ai chi, meditation, breathing exercises, aromatherapy, art sessions, pottery, Nordic walking, and plant observation.
Shinrin-yoku is suitable for anyone at any level of fitness.
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