How forest bathing can bring you closer to nature

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 today’s busy lifestyles and our obses­sion 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.

For­est Bathing in Deep Creek Nation­al Park 

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 improve your well­be­ing 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.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living