Sunday, 25 October 2020
We’re all seeking new ways to improve our mental wellness and escape the challenges and stresses that life throws our way. Forest Bathing has become a popular pastime in recent years for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle and soak up the peace, beauty, and abundance of the great outdoors. Despite its name, you won’t need to pack your swimsuit to experience it.
Forest Bathing or ‘shinrin-yoku’ was originally coined in Japan in the 1980’s after researchers discovered that two hours of mindful exploration in a forest could reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and improve concentration and memory. The research also uncovered that trees release an immune-system boosting chemical called phytoncides — which eventually led to the Japanese government sanctioning ‘shinrin-yoku’ as a national health programme.
Lately in the UK, we’ve seen a huge rise in people heading out to wander in nature and discover what it means to practice ‘mindfulness’ in their own way. With this in mind, we’ve curated some helpful hints and tips which should help you to enjoy the experience as much as possible.
Why not find some beautiful places to explore your own forest bathing experience? The National Trust website can help you to locate a forest near you.