spending time in a forest has a relaxing and calming effect. The benefits of long forest walks or visits include: lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduced release of stress hormones and a stronger immune system.
Have you bathed in the forest today? It might sound strange, but it´s very healthy. If you’re curious about it, just give it a go!
The idea of ‘bathing in the forest’ came here from Japan, where Shinrin Yoku has been a popular stress-busting method for a long time. Experts there have scientifically proven what most people know from their own experience: spending time in a forest has a relaxing and calming effect. Long forest walks or visits lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduce the release of stress hormones and boost your immune system.
The ‘forest bather’ consciously goes into ‘rest mode’. It’s all about mindfulness, being aware of both nature and your own body and soul. Take note of the forest atmosphere, listen to the sounds, smell the soil, taste the herbs and touch the stones or the bark of the trees.