Forest bathing

A simple act of taking a walk in a forest like Kinghurst Forest (a form of preventative therapy called “forest bathing” or Shinrin-yoku) has proven to have many benefits:

Stress relief: Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve overall mood.

Improved immune system: Exposure to forest environments has been linked to increased natural killer cell activity, which can boost the immune system.

Increased focus and creativity: Spending time in nature can improve cognitive function and enhance creativity.

Increased physical activity: Forest bathing often involves walking, hiking, or engaging in other light physical activity, which can have numerous health benefits.

The practice of forest bathing entails spending time in a natural environment, such as a forest or park, and using all of your senses to connect with the environment. This can involve walking, breathing in the scent of the forest, listening to birds and other sounds, touching trees and plants, and even tasting local wild plants. The goal is to fully immerse oneself in nature and let go of the distractions of everyday life.

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Li, Qing et al. “Forest bathing enhances human natural killer activity and expression of anti-cancer proteins.” International journal of immunopathology and pharmacology 20 2 Suppl 2 (2007): 3-8.

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Ohtsuka, Yoshikazu et al. “Shinrin-yoku (forest-air bathing and walking) effectively decreases blood glucose levels in diabetic patients.” International journal of biometeorology 41 3 (1998): 125-7.

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