Forest Bathing is a Thing
In case you haven’t heard, the Japanese habit of forest bathing--which has been shown to lower stress levels and strengthen the immune system--is now all the rage. For the uninitiated, it basically consists of taking a solitary walk through the woods in order to "bathe" in all the glory of nature. Here, the what, why and how:
This article originally appeared on PureWow.com.
First, get the name right
It’s called shinrin-yoku, which translates as “forest bathing.”
Second, it's done fully clothed
You don’t disrobe or even get wet. Basically you’re just walking through a gorgeous, serene natural space.
Try not to break a sweat
Choose your route based on your physical ability, and take it easy: No more than three miles or a four-hour hike.
Take it easy
Sitting down, quietly reflecting and reading are all encouraged.
That way, you inhale essential oils from trees, stimulating your body’s immune-boosting abilities.
Thanks to your newfound hobby, take solace in lowered cortisol concentrations as well as lowered pulse and blood pressure readings. In other words: feel amazing.