Forest Bathing 101: What It Is, Why It Works, & How to Try It

What Is Forest Bathing?

What Are The Benefits of Forest Bathing?

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased risk of depression
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Lower cortisol levels
  • Increased sense of purpose in your community

How to Try Forest Bathing

  1. Find the right space. You want an outdoor space without paved paths, fences, or other barriers. If you can, find a space that isn’t super busy or loud. This could be a state park, large community garden, or even your own backyard. You might need to visit your local park early in the morning or on a weekday to find some peace and quiet.
  2. Put your phone away. Bring it with you just in case, but turn it off or on ‘do not disturb’ so you won’t get distracted. Even a single notification can pull you out of the forest bathing experience.
  3. Start to wander. Walk in whatever direction you’re drawn towards. Don’t try to reach a certain destination or find anything in particular. Just wander! If you see something interesting, follow your curiosity. If you feel like stopping and sitting a while, do that. There’s no map or timeline.
  4. Pay attention to your senses. What do you see? What do you smell? What does the air feel like? Can you hear any small animals or running water? Tap into these senses and sit with them.
  5. Reach out and touch nature. Place your hands on the bark of a tree. Kick off your shoes and feel the dirt underfoot. Dip your fingers into a stream. Physical touch is one of the best ways to connect with nature, especially in a world where we don’t engage with it much.
  6. Check in with yourself. What kinds of emotions come up as you engage with nature? Does a pinecone bring back memories of walking in the woods with your family? Does the sound of a robin remind you of your mom? Use your outer experience to turn inwards.

How to Practice Forest Bathing in a City

How to Book a Forest Bathing Tour

3 Forest Bathing Exercises to Try

1. Engage with a single leaf.

2. Connect with a tree.

3. Breathe with the breeze.

Forest Bathing Books

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Livia Boerger

Livia Boerger

Livia is a Mental Wellbeing Coach and helps entrepreneurs live with intention & prioritize their wellbeing. Get my free guide to resting: https://bit.ly/3FAU6il