Forest bathing is a sensory practice that is known to refuse stress and improve mental and physical health. What is a forest bath, you may ask? Forest bathing is an exercise where you imagine yourself on a walk in nature. Where are you walking? What does the setting look like? What can you see on your path? What can you hear? What can you smell? As you think about the details of your forest bath, your mind and body release stress. If you are in a location where you can walk outside, you can take a forest bath around your neighborhood. Pay attention to your surroundings and the sensory details of your walk. If you are stuck inside, you can walk around your home or office and visualize being in nature. Researchers say you should aspire to spend 120 minutes per week on the practice to reap the benefits.
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