Originating in Japan, forest bathing is becoming a worldwide phenomenon. The concept revolves around getting back to nature, using the environment to connect mind and body to de-stress and live more presently.
Also known as shinrin-yoku, which means “taking in the forest”, forest bathing was developed in Japan in the 1980s and involves purposefully relaxing and immersing yourself in a natural forest.
The concept has evolved into workshops and tours, with over 1,500 accredited forest bathing guides worldwide helping people seek out peace and tranquillity in nature.
Studies have shown stress hormones were 13.4% lower in people who had gazed at forest scenery for 20 minutes, compared to that of people in an urban setting.
How to take part in Forest Bathing
To fully engage in the experience of forest bathing you should be walking slowly amidst nature, leaving your camera and phone behind. Listen to your body and where it wants to go. It’s important to make sure you take your time, opening up all of your senses.
Dr Qing Li, the author of ‘Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness’ explains that the key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Take notice of everything around you, from the birds singing to the smells of the forest, tapping into the present moment and slowing down your pace.
Next time you’re looking for something a little different to help relieve your stress, find your local park or hiking trail and take a few hours to fully soak in the experience of the wonders of nature.
 What is Shinrin-yoku or ‘forest bathing’? https://www.fairmontresort.com.au/news/forest-bathing/
 ‘Forest Bathing’ Is Great for Your Health. Here’s How to Do It https://time.com/5259602/japanese-forest-bathing/