The Washington Post thinks we’ve all turned into Goldilocks: between long working hours and leisure activities on the couch, inside is just right. Outside? It’s too hot or cold. There’s bugs and pollen. Or it’s raining or snowing. But spending so much time inside is bad for our physical, emotional and mental health.
Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, might help. Developed in the 1980s, it’s a big part of preventative healthcare in Japan. What’s in it for you? Impressive and well studied health benefits, like a reduction in stress, depression, blood pressure and heart rate. Plus big boosts to your immune system, as well as happiness, focus and creativity.
We’re not talking about proving your wilderness skills, a gruelling fitness hike or an informational nature walk. It’s just a walk in the woods, where you absorb and inhale the forest with all five of your senses.