The Japaense have been doing it for forty years to combat stress, so maybe now's the time we started to do it.
I'm talking about Forest bathing, and it does involve hugging trees, listening to birds, kicking leaves, among other things.
It's actually called Shinrin-yoku over in Japan and was devised 40 years ago by their Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries to tackle stress among the male population.
But it seems that everyone, even children can benefit from it and that's why the Woodland Trust (from the UK) has been urging GPs to prescribe Forest bathing to their patients.
Just two hours exploring a forest can make you feel like a better person, it has also been proven to:
- Increases natural killer cell count and improved immune system function
- Reduces your blood pressure
- Improves your sleep
- Gives you higher energy levels
- Improves your mood
- Increases concentration, particularly among children with ADHD
- Faster recovery from illness or surgery
- Decreases your stress levels
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There's a beginners guide to Forest bathing which you can find HERE