How to get the benefits of forest bathing in your daily life

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I walk slowly through the forest listening to the birds chirping. The gentle breeze and the scent that brushes the tip of the nose calms the mind. Forest bathing helps to reduce mental and physical stress by presenting these sensory experiences.

Spending time in nature is a great way to promote mental health. Ideally, about 120 minutes a week is adequate. Experts recommend that you fill 120 minutes a day, whether it be 5 minutes or 10 minutes a day, by making time to interact with nature. Living in the city and forest bathing is not easy. For these people, CNN’s online version introduces how to experience the refreshing feeling of forest bathing in your daily life. Whichever method you choose, it’s important to feel comfortable with yourself.

“Forest bathing is essentially a slow, thoughtful walk in nature, paying close attention to your surroundings, using all your senses,” explains psychologist Christine McEwan, professor at Derby University, UK. It turns off the brain and presents yourself with a bit of a break from thinking about your to-do list. Therefore, if you can fully feel the surrounding nature and concentrate your senses, you can have a sensory experience similar to forest bathing.

Chloe Carmichael, a psychotherapist in New York, USA, said, “If we take interest and time to connect with nature, nature is always with us.

Experts say that everyone, whether living in a bustling city or a vast countryside, can benefit from time in touch with nature. The best way to enjoy time with nature in your daily life is to incorporate it into your existing routine.

Commuting to and from work

I use it for a walk on the way to and from work or when I go out. If you leave a little earlier than usual, you can take a slower walk or walk on a more green path. Another way to enjoy nature in the city is to pay attention to the flowers blooming in the crevices of the paved road or the trees lining the streets.

When eating

If you enjoy cooking at home, you can also grow herbs in your kitchen. It is a way to feel the fragrance of nature in your life without any burden. If you have a yard, eating outside when the weather is nice is a good way to spend time in nature.


Going for a weekly lunch walk with a co-worker, taking a break looking out the window, or growing a plant in the office can also help you feel better. Small meetings can be done while walking or sitting outside. “We’re more relaxed and creative when we’re outdoors,” said Professor McEwan.

◆ indoors

It’s a good idea to get some fresh air outside for a while, but if you can’t, there are other approaches. It is to enjoy photos and videos of the natural world by accessing the internet. Many of the benefits of forest bathing come from inhaling the organic compounds emitted by the trees. You can also use an essential oil diffuser such as pine scent, evergreen scent, etc.

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