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How forest bathing can bring you closer to nature

VIDEO: Suffering from 'nature-deficit disorder'? Here’s how the ancient Japanese forest bathing practice can help.

It’s no secret that spending time in nature can be beneficial for the mind, body and soul.

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing how we live our lives on a daily basis, not to mention many of us becoming more and more obsessed with digital technology, it’s easy to forget just how rejuvenating a walk in a park can be.

Forest bathing or ‘Shinrin Yoku’ is taking root in Australia and it’s all about being in the presence of trees and incorporating gentle mindfulness exercises.

Forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.

Watch this video to learn how to connect with nature on a deeper level from a qualified Occupational Therapist and Certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide.

Tempted to give forest bathing a go while you’re visiting a park or natural space? Download this audio file of the guided experience to your smart phone and follow along.

South Australia’s natural spaces are great places to connect with nature and unwind. Read our blogs on 5 things to do in nature to boost your wellbeing this winter and 4 ways to relax in national parks.

 (Main image courtesy of Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs)

This story was originally posted in May 2017.

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