Everything You Need to Know About the Benefits of Forest Bathing
Our favorite (and totally free) stress relief trick
We’ve long known that a walk in the woods can be all kinds of rejuvenating (hello, fresh pine scent!). But with the trend of forest bathing steadily on our radars, we had to wonder: what are the benefits and just what exactly is it?
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest bathing is a concept taken from the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, which essentially means using our senses to connect with the forest. Forest bathing includes using our smell, touch, hearing, sight, and taste to reap the forest’s benefits. It is known to have incredible health benefits for our mind and body.
How to Forest Bathe?
In order to get the full benefits of forest bathing, you have to go primitive. Leave behind your phone, computer, and anything else that might distract you from the present. Focus on connecting with nature and let yourself be guided by sounds, smells, and sights around you. You can forest bathe anywhere in the world as long as there are trees around; just walk slowly and take in everything.
Benefits of Forest Bathing
With the average American spending more than 90% of their time inside, there is more and more we need to encourage people to get outside and take advantage of everything around them. Forest bathing benefits our health in so many positive ways.
One of the most immediate benefits of forest bathing is how quickly it pulls us into the present, helps us live in the moment and fully awaken to our surroundings. When you walk into the woods without any digital distractions, you’re free to give the current moment your full attention. After a short forest bathing session, you’re sure to feel the same calm as you would post-asana.
Forest bathing can have a significant impact on your stress levels. Not only is it proven to reduce stress and improve mood, but it is studies show it can decrease blood pressure, boost your immune syststem, and increase energy flow.
This ancient practice is also known to benefit your sleeping habits. Think about it: decreased distractions, less stress, a calmer mind. It’s the perfect recipe for a good night’s rest. Suddenly our forest sleep noises playlist feels totally validated.
Thanks to all the mindfulness practice, forest bathing is also a great way to enhance your ability to focus. The woods are filled with endless stimulation to zone in on, from the rustle of branches to the vibrance of a sun-dappled meadow.
Forest bathing is a refreshing way to reconnect with nature and nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Best of all, the benefits are completely free. Have you tried forest bathing and noticed the benefits? Let us know in the comments below or on social @shetravelswellco