What if I told you there was a way to bathe (without removing any clothing!) that is proven to increase your wellbeing and happiness?
And it’s so easy! ….
This type of bathing doesn’t involve stepping into a bathtub…
…but instead stepping into a forest and bathing your senses, for wonderful mental and physical benefits!
Forest bathing is an ancient custom that originated in Japan.
It’s the practice of being around trees and completely immersing your senses in the natural environment.
Simply taking in the beautiful sights and breathing in the essential oils released by the trees.
The idea is to stand still amongst the trees and allow yourself to be fully absorbed by your surroundings – not thinking about anything or being distracted by devices.
It’s a simple form of meditation that allows you to focus on all of your senses rather than your thoughts.
A quick escape from the chaos of everyday life!
You will notice the positive effects of forest bathing after only 20 minutes!
Even spending time near a single tree and breathing in the air surrounding it is said to have calming, beneficial effects.
There is scientific proof that experiencing even a single exposure to trees during the day increases mental wellbeing…
…with effects that can last up to seven hours!
Can you try being around trees while walking the dog?
Or maybe go as a family outing on the weekend?
Forest bathing reduces stress and increases our ‘happy hormone’ oxytocin…
…meaning spending times in the forest can be beneficial for both the mind and the soul.
Allowing yourself a bit of time out is really important, so this is a great activity to work into your routine and take a break from daily stresses.
Evergreens such as Pines and Conifers release essential oils which have been proven to stimulate our virus-fighting cells and strengthen our immune system.
This means that not only does forest bathing offer an escape from life’s daily stresses and anxieties …
…it can also offer health benefits like lowering blood pressure and helping sleep!
Don’t just take my word for it …
Why not take a trip to the forest this weekend and give this a try?
I can’t wait for you to experience this and feel the benefits for yourself.
Taking a break is so important and this is an easy, refreshing way to do it!
I hope I’ve inspired you to try forest bathing, maybe give it a go this weekend?
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the effects!
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