Are you feeling overwhelmed by too much screen time?
Take a break from it all!
Leave your devices behind and head to nature to improve your mood and health with shinrin-yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing!
Find your nature spot
If you have access to an actual forest, go for it!
Otherwise, head for your local trail, city park, lake, beach, or even a garden.
Any place where you're surrounded by nature will work.
Leave or turn off your phone and anything else that may be a distraction.
Forest bathing is about connecting with nature and being present in the moment.
Be present with all your senses
Take a deep breath and smell the fresh air. Feel the sun and the wind in your face.
Notice what you see. The different colors of the leaves and flowers.
Touch and feel the texture of a tree trunk.
Take your time
Forest bathing is not meant to be a strenuous trail run or hike.
If you want to wander around, do so, but take it easy. It's ok to sit, lay or stand and just take it all in.
Let your mind and body wander on their own time, and let the experience refresh you.
You have a few hours free and want to go forest bathing, but are expecting an important call today. What should you do?
Hang onto that feeling
Had your fill of forest bathing? Don't turn on your devices just yet.
Keep those positive feelings going:
Reflect on how you're feeling now
Write down what you experienced and how it made you feel
Plan your next forest bathing excursion
Take a break to enjoy nature soon!
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