Albert Einstein once said, ‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better,' and according to recent studies, he was on to something. The longstanding Japanese custom called ‘forest bathing’ has been shown to boost immunity, decrease cortisol and improve mental health.

Despite what the name would imply, there’s no water—or nudity—involved in forest bathing. It simply consists of venturing into a heavily wooded area walking around, and breathing deeply. Trees produce 'chemicals, such as limonene, which 'have antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties.'

The researchers of the study found that by walking in the trees for just 20 minutes you can reduce your stress levels. If you don’t live near a forest, but crave some grounding, try to find a park with some trees, take off your shoes and feel the earth under your feet. Inhale deeply and exhale slowly as you look toward the sky.

Have you ever tried ‘forest bathing?’

 

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