F is for Forest Bathing: mindfulness in nature

Time spent among the trees is proven to improve your wellbeing

8th May 2018
Forest bathing

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. 

Forest Bathing
F is for Forest Bathing ©Lynn Hatzius

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.

hiking forest
Step into the trees and feel the benefits ©Getty

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. 

Find out more about forest bathing

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