NPR—Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood

While forest bathing doesn’t actually involve bathing in a nearby stream or river alongside a forest, it does involve immersing oneself into a natural environment. This activity is meant to help individuals focus on plants and wildlife that most of us don’t pay close enough attention to because we’re wrapped up in the busy bustle of everyday life.

Allison Aubrey from NPR joined along as a Forest Therapy guide took a group of women through the forest and helped them truly focus on their surroundings. “She helped us tune into the smells, textures, tastes and sights of the forest,” writes Aubrey. “After I opened my eyes, the green looked a lot greener. And I began to see things I hadn’t noticed before: the flutter of birds, the ripple of the water, the swaying of trees.”

Relaxation and rejuvenation from spending time in the forest can also have benefits on wellbeing. This article expands on some of the positive health takeaways, such as reduced stress and lower blood pressure. Read the full article on NPR’s website or listen below.