Nature can help you with stress and anxiety.
The practice, long-popular in Japan, is gaining traction in the world as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors. By practicing Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, you will immerse your senses in the natural environment for relaxation and positive health and wellness benefits.
Forests reduce concentrations of stress hormone, blood pressure, negative emotions and have a relaxing effect on people.
During these sessions you will be helped to connect with the natural world.
is a short leisurely visit to a forest, which is similar in effect to natural aromatherapy, for the purpose of relaxation.
Caress a tree
Inhale some pine
Open your 5 senses
Listen to forest's sounds
Slowly walking through the forest
Look at all different nuances of green
And fostering an emotional connection to the nature
You can practice at home or outside
If you're planning to be outside, my suggestion is to wear loose clothes, comfortable shoes. You will be moving slowly and possibly sitting on the ground. Having a small mat, bag, or cushion to sit on can be nice.
If you are inside, you might sit close to a plant and a window with a view outside, if possible. And if you use essential oils you can have the smells of the forest into your indoor environments.
Let's start now!
By following the guided exercises below, you can have a taste for a Mindfulness and Forest Bathing session.