Updated: Mar 28
Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin-yoku, is a practice that involves spending time in a forest or other natural environment, and taking in the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of the surroundings. Many doctors recommend forest bathing to their patients for a variety of reasons, including:
Reduced stress and anxiety: Studies have shown that spending time in nature can lower cortisol levels, which are associated with stress and anxiety.
Improved mood and mental health: Forest bathing has been found to reduce symptoms of depression and improve overall mental well-being.
Boosted immune system: Breathing in phytoncides, chemicals produced by trees, has been found to increase the production and activity of natural killer cells, which help fight off infections and cancer.
Lowered blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health: Spending time in nature has been found to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Increased physical activity: Forest bathing often involves walking or hiking, which can provide a gentle form of exercise and promote physical health.
We weren't aware it was called this, but on our silent retreats, forest bathing is something we do a lot!