The death of a loved one is a life-altering experience. However, the effects of bereavement on the physical body are often less discussed. Forest Bathing, an ancient Japanese mindfulness practice of bathing one’s senses in nature, has been scientifically proven to:
- Reduce the stress hormone cortisol
- Reduce blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Strengthen the immune system
The benefits of this practice derive from the total effect of the forest environment on all five senses: what you see, smell, hear, touch, and taste. While you immerse yourself in nature, take in the colors of the leaves, the smell of the forest, the sounds of nature, and things you can safely touch and eat.
To reap the benefits of forest bathing, it is recommended to spend mindful time in nature each day.