To wind down, try taking a walk in the woods.
Forest bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku, originates from Japan and was established in 1982 as an innovative approach to addressing and even preventing modern-day ailments and stressors. In the last two decades, the practice has gained traction and is now primed to be the next big wellness trend. We spoke with M. Amos Clifford, the founder and CEO of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT) and Suzi Minor, an ANFT-certified Forest Therapy Guide at L’Auberge de Sedona resort to demystify the misconceptions of forest bathing and discuss its promising benefits.
In a 2010 review in the journal Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, respondents in one small field study described forest bathing as a “comfortable” and “relaxing” activity. The 2007 study from Public Health also showed that participants surveyed described feeling less hostile and depressed and livelier, with individuals with higher initial stress reporting greater benefits after forest bathing.