Forest bathing for beginners

By Katie Russell

Forest bathing, what’s it all about? 

Dr Qing Li has been leading research on forest bathing for over 15 years. While research is still ongoing, studies have shown spending as little as 20 mins in a forest can reduce stress levels, reduce blood pressure and increase positive feelings. Most notably, they have found that one forest bathing session can cause an increase in ‘anti-cancer proteins’, or NK (Natural Killer) cells, and the effects can last for around for 30 days!

So what exactly is forest bathing and how do you do it? Forest bathing is a slow movement through nature, while using your five senses to experience your surroundings. The slow pace makes it distinctly different from exercising, such as running or hiking, in nature. Watch the full episode below for a step by step guide on how to do it.

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