Forest Bathing?! What It Is & Why You Should Do It

by Linden Schaffer,

This article was originally posted on—a wellness travel site—as "Spotlight: Japan" and is reposted with permission from the author.  

The average American spends 87% of their time indoors, which contributes to our high stress levels, lack of vitamin D, and depression. In Japan, scientists found this to be a serious problem among their culture too and in 1982 coined the term Shinrin-yoku, or as you may have heard it: forest bathing.

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The Art of Forest Bathing

In the past three decades Shinrin-yoku has been studied and confirmed as an effective treatment for both physiological and spiritual rejuvenation. The art of forest bathing requires you to leave your smart phones at home and fully engage all your senses in nature in a mindful way. Smell the trees, hear the crunch of leaves underfoot, or simply sit and watch as the animals come out to play. Anywhere from a few hours to a few days will have positive effects on your health and well-being.

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Japan Is Ideal For This Unique Wellness "Bath"

Sixty-seven percent of Japan is covered in forests, and with trails devoted to Shinrin-yoku, going direct to the source has never been so fun. 

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Tell us in the comments: Is visiting and appreciating nature part of your own wellness plan?

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