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Nature’s Best Wellbeing Tips – Part #1 – “Forest Bathing”

Practicing the art of Shinrin-yoku / “Forest Bathing”

Being outdoors, in the bush and breathing the fresh air has far more benefits than you might think.

Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.

Developed in the 1980’s, it’s been proven that simply walking through a forest in a relaxed way and taking in the atmosphere, you will have a calming effect with rejuvenating and restorative benefits. Now, this practice has actually become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

Of course, we already know this to a degree… a good walk in nature always makes you feel pretty good, yet in the past several decades, studies are demonstrating the mechanisms behind the healing effects with highlighted benefits including;

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved mood
  • Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
  • Accelerated recover from surgery or illness
  • Increased energy level
  • Improved sleep
  • Deeper and clearer intuition
  • Increased flow of energy
  • Increased flow of CH’I (life force)
  • Deepening of friendships
  • Overall increase in sense of happiness

Overall, we learn to connect in new ways with the world around us, with a more open mind.

There is an organisation set-up called shinrin-yoku, with advice on how to incorporate this practice into your life, with relevant blogs about connecting with nature, even if you aren’t near a natural space to enjoy!

If you really want to go in-depth into the science of Shinrin-yoku, have a read of the scientific research with results from field experiments in 24 forests across Japan. 

Happy Forest Bathing!

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