If you haven’t heard of the latest mindfulness craze that’s not only cost effective, but serves both your physiology and psychology, then let us introduce you to Forest Bathing. It may sound ‘bougie’ and a little self indulgent, but this easy practice is as simple as it is beneficial. Infact, several studies have demonstrated health benefits associated with the principles employed by Forest Bathing.
So what exactly is Forest Bathing?
Well, it’s essentially just walking in nature. Which sounds easy enough, but there is a bit of mental work involved. Forget your usual urban walking route and leave the Airpods at home, because Forest Bathing is all about connecting with your natural surroundings. This goes far beyond taking in a scenic view. During your walk, absorbing the smells, sounds and touch/texture of your environment is as important as the pace and length of the walk. When it comes to pace, a slower stroll is recommended to allow you ample opportunity to engage in the flora and fauna and develop a connection. Length is dependent on the individual, but understandably, the longer the session the longer the mental break for your mind.
What is Forest Bathing good for?
The practice has had a re-emergence recently given that it is a tech free ritual. Like many others, if you’re feeling tech fatigue from the constant demands of modern day living, then Forest Bathing is a great way to disconnect and get back in touch with mother nature.
Where should you practice Forest Bathing?
Not everyone has access to a forest close by, which shouldn’t be a deterrent. It’s the principles of Forest Bathing that will allow you to soak up the meditative and cardiovascular benefits. Aim for anywhere in your area's perimeter that is abundant in nature, be it a bush trail, a waterfall, a beach or a tropical oasis.
Discover a conscious connection with nature and reap the rewards.