Try Forest Bathing
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Did you know being in nature can boost immunity while lowering stress levels and improving mood? Forest bathing, a type of outdoor meditation, is the perfect way to slow down while taking in the beauty nature offers. It’s good for both your body and mind.
Grab a friend and find a good walking trail in the woods. Plan for about 2–4 hours — but you won’t go far, since you’ll only cover about a half-mile of ground. As you walk through the woods, take in your surroundings using all of your senses. Be open to the sights, smells, sounds, and textures found there. Follow these crucial steps:
- Turn off your phone
- Keep small talk to a minimum
- Walk slowly and absorb everything around you — what you hear, see, smell, and feel
- Stop as often as you’d like
- Dip your toe in a stream, smell flowers, or lie in a grassy meadow — it’s all part of the restorative process of forest bathing
Love this? Learn more about this Japanese practice of unplugging and getting out in nature.
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