Forest Bathing Benefits

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Forest Bathing Benefits

Ah, the forest. I love the woods, although I don’t have easy access to walking in them so much as near them in my neighborhood. Even just gazing at them as I walk, I get a sense of serenity ?

So when I saw an article posted by The Good News Network

Why We Should Practice Forest Bathing and How to Get the Benefits of ‘Forest Medicine’

I knew it’d be a good read–and it was!

One of my favorite excerpts was this:

“This is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. It’s like a bridge,” he added. “By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world.”

Li, who is a doctor at Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School and a visiting fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has found dozens of health-related benefits from forest bathing.

For starters, Li’s studies have shown that spending time in nature can increase the body’s production of immune cells and cancer-fighting proteins. Forest bathing has also been shown to decrease stress hormones, which comes with reduced symptoms of anger, depression, anxiety, and fatigue, as well as a reduced risk of hypertension.

The article makes perfect sense to me, and reminded me of an interview I did with Jane Warren.

Check that out if you haven’t read it.

And get outside right after that! 😉

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About Cate

I am a retired RN–stayed home after my second child was born, having worked for 10 years. I am in my mid-50s now, and I enjoy blogging, designing mugs and more and spreading a bit of positivity in the world.

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