Forest bathing is a practice that is somewhat common in Japan and is a way that you can relieve your stress outdoors. One of the most common practices of this is simply taking a walk in a forest which can help both your mind and spirit. This is a form of shinrin yoku which can help your well being and you can either do these walks by yourself or with a forest guide. This practice also doesn’t involve raising your heart rate and instead focuses on mental health benefits.
- Researchers have found a connection between walking in the forest and health benefits for the mind and body.
- Spending only 20 minutes of outdoor interaction generates a ripple effect with long-term health benefits.
- Inhaling natural smells aids in calming busy minds and restoring good health.
“According to David and Austin Perlmutter, co-authors of “Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness,” forest bathing gained popularity in Japan in the 1950s.”