Forest Bathing: Relax, Rejuvenate & Recharge With Nature When You're In Japan

By Amina Fukeerbucus | 28, Aug, 2018
Forest Bathing: Relax, Rejuvenate & Recharge With Nature When You're In Japan

Nothing's more relaxing than a bath. After a long tiring day at work, we all look forward to a hot steamy bubble bath that will relax our nerves while bubble and foam will be floating around us. Well, great news! Water isn't the only way you can enjoy a bath.

Reputed in the land of the Rising Sun, Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing debuted in the late 80's in Japan. This therapy has been seducing many people due to its incredible benefits on the human body and mind. This Japanese bathing method doesn't require a bathtub or bubbles. Rather, it is a luscious walk into the forest while experiencing and reaping all the goodness that trees and nature have to offer.

Why is forest bathing important?

Unlike any outdoor activity you might have experienced so far, forest bathing is all about awakening our senses and bringing us closer to nature. We are constantly stuck on our phones, not enjoying the present life as we should. So, here's the occasion to shut down our devices and escape into nature. Leave your Ipad on your desk, put your earphones away and tune into nature for a better awakening. While being connected to nature, you'll be surprised to feel its numerous benefits. Here are a few of them :

1. Boosting our immune system

We're living in an age where it's all about consumption and being passive. With the lack of exercise, we're sure running at our own loss. That's where forest bathing comes in. Being in the wild for a couple of hours can help in boosting your immune system and developing more robust cells known as Natural Killer cells.

2. Stress reducing agent

Nature has always had that soothing effect we cannot describe. Watching waves crashing on the shore or walking into a vibrant green forest is such an amazing feeling that you forget all your worries while you're in that magical world. Well, forest bathing is a bit more intense than this. You're completely absorbed into another dimension while walking into the forest and breathing fresh air. Inhale peace, exhale stress.

3. Better sleep

Baby sleep hours promised! Forest bathing has proven to help in improving the quality of sleep we get. By reducing stress hormones, forest bathing soothes the mind and let the body relax.

4. Improves mood

Have you ever noticed how great you feel after returning from a long walk in the park or even a hike in the forest? Trees and nature as a whole help to boost and improve our mood. Going for a forest bath especially when you're down, helps to recreate yourself and focus on the positive aspects of life while enjoying the beauty of nature and inhaling fresh air. So, if you need a mood booster, forget your energy drinks and go for an intensive forest bathing session.

5. Feel more energized

Hiking is tiring, forest bathing isn't. Think of it as a graceful walk to the house of your dreams or your favorite desert. Each step you take makes you happier and lighter. Forest bathing helps in building positive energy while making you more relaxed.

6. Happiness

Forest bathing is all about happiness. Looking at the clear sky, walking into the deep forest, enjoying cool streams of water. Take time to enjoy picturesque views and a soothing atmosphere. Nature makes us happy! And the best part of it is that it is free. So, grab your backpack with the bare minimum and let happiness enter your soul.

Nature has always helped us to feel relaxed or forget our frustrations. Reconnect with nature through this incredible therapy that will rejuvenate you and make you a whole new person. Don't be afraid to switch your phone off and lose yourself into the alleys filled with flowers bathing in the sun while enjoying the sound of streams or chirping birds.

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