Come with us for a forest bathing meditation in the ancient woodlands surrounding our HQ.
9 tips on how to begin with forest bathing:
Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin-Yoku, is a practice that encourages you to slow down and deeply connect with nature. It involves visiting a forested area and allowing yourself to be immersed in the sights, smells, and sounds of the environment.
Why should you start forest bathing?
Forest bathing has become a vital part of preventative healthcare in Japan. The results of Japanese studies have shown forest bathing improves sleep quality, mood, ability to focus, and stress levels. Chronic stress can contribute to the development of ailments like anxiety, depression, and insomnia, to name a few. It can also contribute to physiological problems, like high blood pressure, muscle tension, and lowered immune response. Spending time in nature, away from modern technology and big cities can improve your physical and mental health by reducing the effects of stress on your body. Prescribed forest bathing in Japan has led to a healthier lifestyle for people of all ages.
So the next time you are in a woodland or forested area, consider trying a few of these techniques. To get started, here are some tips:
1. Wear comfortable clothing and a pair of shoes that won’t impede your movement.
2.Forestry England also says Turn off your devices to give yourself the best chance of relaxing, being mindful and enjoying a sensory forest-based experience.
3. Slow down. Move through the forest slowly so you can see and feel more.
4. Take long breaths deep into the abdomen. Extending the exhalation of air to twice the length of the inhalation sends a message to the body that it can relax.
5. Take a slow walk and use all of your senses to observe your surroundings.
6. Spend some time sitting still and listening to the sounds of nature. what’s around you, what can you smell?
7. Notice the feelings that come up, and take the time to connect with them.
8. If you feel comfortable, try closing your eyes and visualizing yourself as part of nature.
9. When you’re ready to leave, take a few moments to give thanks for the time you were able to spend in the forest.
Forest bathing is a wonderful way to connect with nature and recharge your batteries. Enjoy!