Research is showing that forest bathing has real, quantifiable health benefits, both mental and physical. It helps us reset our body and mind, but also sparks our imagination and deepens our relationships.
The air and aromas of the forest are therapeutic. Inhaling phytoncides -tree derived volatile substances- reduces the stress hormone levels and increases the number of white blood cells, known as natural killer cells. Forest bathing improves our immune system function.
Once you have experienced a guided forest therapy walk and the grounding and calmness that it incites, you can easily return to that serene state of mind by slowing down and absorbing the healing ambience of nature. Visit a park, forest or area with plenty of trees since they are an important part of the experience. Green spaces in urban areas are just as important as rural forests. Forest therapy is a stillness practice that can easily be incorporated in daily life.
boosts immune system
lowers heart rate and blood pressure
improves blood sugar level and digestion
increases energy level
improves recovery from illness
helps to relax
reduces cognitive fatigue, stress, anxiety, anger and depression
improves mood and self-confidence
enhances creativity and problem solving
increases mental clarity and the ability to focus
sharpens the attention and thus the intensity of the experience
sharing meaningful experiences
increases trust, cooperation and closeness with others
leads to more kind and altruistic behaviour
generates insights that might not emerge in other settings
enhances self-regulation and co-creation
favours supportive silence and restorative healing
leads to sensing that we are part of something larger
raises awareness about the importance of plants in our lives
enhances respect and engagement
mobilizes us to be stewards of the earth