Footpath has always believed in the stress-reducing power of immersing ourselves in nature, and it’s a big part of our overall mission.
“Forest Bathing” is being researched more and more and there is growing evidence showing that it actually works. It’s been shown to lower levels of stress by boosting immunity and mood which can improve overall health.
Amos Clifford, a former wilderness guide with a master’s degree in counseling, and the founder of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy believes health care providers should incorporate forest therapy as a stress-reduction strategy. Forest therapy, also known as shinrin-yoku and forest bathing isn’t complicated. Simply take a slow walk in the woods. Take in your surroundings through your senses and combine mindfulness with your time in green spaces.
“Forest bathing” is proving to be more important than ever as technology access grows. This is especially true for kids who do not have access to the natural world.
See what the Cleveland Clinic has to say about forest bathing along with research to back up the claims: