Healthy as Forest Bathing


In Japan, they practice forest bathing because they believe the forest is a comforting place. The wind blowing through the trees making them dance and sing, the smells of the rivers and creeks, the bright beams of sunlight that faught through the tree branches, and the fresh air; how could that not sound relaxing while in a bath. They believe being in nature it gives us back our energy and vitality, restore our mood, and refresh and rejuvenate our minds and bodies. Shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forests atmosphere. Forest bathing isn’t the traditional and modern ways for clearing the mind, like hiking or exercising, but it’s simple and creates a connection with nature over the senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. It’s predicted that by 2050, 66 percent of the worlds population will live in cities. Americans spend 93 percent of their time indoors. Good news is small amounts of time outside can greatly improve someones health. Forest baths are typically two hours long. Finding a spot to forest bath is entirely up to you and your senses. Listen to the birds sing, the rustling the leaves make when the wind blows, find a relaxing view and just chill out. Note just because it’s called forest bathing doesn’t mean it has to be in a forest. It can be on a country-side that holds childhood memories. The connection would be stronger in an area that’s highly significant to you. Calming and relaxing isn’t the same for everyone. It’s important you find a place that has meaning to you. Whether it’s because you like how wet soil smells, or if you like how the water is flowing down a stream. When you go you’re given a physical health check by doctors. They have therapists that guide you to help you feel more comfortable and to help you find the right relaxing place for you. The therapist finds the best walking plan for you. Although forest bathing is super easy without a guide. There’s many activities besides forest bathing that gets you more connected with nature. You could go for walks, do yoga, meditation, art classes and many more great activities. No matter how fit or unfit you are, you can shinrin-yoku too. Need I remind you that forest bathing can be done anywhere, whether it’s a forest or not; in hot or cold weather; in rain, sunshine, or snow. So anytime you just wanna get away for a break to relax, just keep in mind that not only is forest bathing relaxing, but it’s also happy.

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