When long walks in the park become essential to the resistance
In case you missed it, forest bathing is a form of stress-reducing therapy that first began in Japan (called ‘shinrin-yoku’) and is taking off all over the US. No bathing suit required here – all you need is a little bit of time to play in the woods.
Recent Japanese research shows that this is, in fact, medicine that works. A study of forest walkers, ages mid-30s to mid-70s, showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure from 141 mmHg to 134 mmHg after an afternoon in the forest. In other words, more chill. Considering that the US sinks $190 billion into stress-related health care costs, forest bathing could save beaucoup bucks.
In the next year, The Associations of Nature & Forest Therapy aims to train and certify around 250 new guides. These are people who help you stay present during your forest bathing.
Curious? Get your Forest Therapy starter kit from the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy.