Forest Bathing

Welcome to our September newsletter! Whether you’re easing into autumn or bouncing into spring wherever you are in the world, we hope this finds you well.
While the goal of a zero waste lifestyle is a lofty one, even trying to get close to that magic number will make a positive change to your home and the planet. On the blog we’re sharing 10 steps to a zero waste home to get you started.
If you have children, you might like to think about ways you can help raise them to be eco-conscious citizens of our beautiful planet. From getting them into the great outdoors to gardening and involving them with other green household practices, there’s lots of great ways to turn your little ones into eco warriors

Forest Bathing 

While the term ‘forest bathing’ is relatively new in the west, it’s been around since the 1980s when it originated in Japan. Forest bathing, or ‘shinrin-yoku’, translates to ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ – and the benefits are huge. Here’s how to create a ‘forest bathing’ experience for yourself.
Find a peaceful spot outdoors -
Leave your devices behind (or at least switch them off) and go for a wander in nature, walking aimlessly and just following your nose. Don’t rush, just take your time and enjoy immersing yourself in forest life. If you can’t get to a forest, a park or your own back yard is fine too.
Unlock your five senses -
The key to forest bathing is unlocking your five senses, opening up to nature through your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe deeply, take in the sights of the trees and wildlife, dip your feet in a stream and touch the bark of trees as you pass by.

Lady touching forest flora
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Try meditating -
While meditating is not necessary to appreciate forest bathing, it can help with the process of shifting your body from a state of ‘fight or flight’ to a recovery response. Sit in a quiet spot, close your eyes, focus on your breathing and listen to the sounds around you for a few minutes.
Combine forest bathing with other activities -
While forest bathing has plenty of benefits you can also deepen the experience with other activities, such as yoga, eating in the forest, hot-spring therapy, T’ai chi, breathing exercises and plant observation to name just a few.

Forest Meditation
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“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees” — Henry David Thoreau
Thanks for keeping our oceans clean and forests green!
Pure Planet Club Team