F is for For­est Bathing

A to Z of Mind­ful­ness Tips for how to be mind­ful in na­ture, in turn im­prov­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing

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The first thing you need to know is that for­est bathing does not in­volve swim­ming cos­tumes, or even water. ‘Bathing’ in this sense just means a fully im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of wood­lands.

Also known as for­est ther­apy, for­est bathing en­cour­ages fraz­zled ur­ban­ites to slow down, re­lax and en­gage their senses with the wood­land around them: the sound of the wind in the leaves, the fra­grance of fern and fun­gus, the play of dap­pled light on the for­est floor.

Hailed as the hot new trend in mind­ful­ness, with the term only re­cently ar­riv­ing in the UK from Ja­pan, for­est bathing is said by its prac­ti­tion­ers to pro­vide im­pres­sive health ben­e­fits. Ad­vo­cates point to sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that time spent re­lax­ing in wood­land can re­duce stress, boost the im­mune sys­tem, lower blood pres­sure, in­crease en­ergy lev­els and im­prove sleep.

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