Need an easy and refreshing way to reset your system? Try forest bathing. Go on a short walk in the woods, taking deep breaths and bringing the scent of the trees into your lungs. It is a form of aromatherapy called “shinrin-yoku” or “forest bathing,” in Japanese.
Research has found that breathing in the antimicrobial organic compounds called phytoncides-the woods essential oils- decreased cortisol levels and blood pressure, enhanced immune system function, and stabilized the nervous system. Embrace the outdoors and refresh your mind and body by stepping outside.
Forest bathing was developed in the 1980s in Japan and quickly became a cornerstone of preventive natural health care and healing. This form of forest therapy is simple and so full of benefits. Slow down, enjoy the outdoors, breathe deeply, and relax your mind and body. This concept can seem near impossible in our busy productivity driven lives. However, taking the time to practice forest bathing is well worth it. In the word of John Muir, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.”