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How to walk mindfully in woods and green spaces

Walking in the woods is great for your physical and mental wellbeing – but walking mindfully, or ‘forest bathing’ takes a nature stroll to a whole new level. Learn the basics in The Mersey Forest’s quick guide to walking mindfully in woods and green spaces.

Mindfulness has really taken off in the past few years and now there’s growing interest in the benefits of being mindful in natural environments, or ‘forest bathing’ as it’s sometimes called.

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, was developed in Japan in the 1980s, and there are now over sixty forest therapy sites in Japan. It’s about immersing yourself in a natural environment, focusing on the sensory experience.

Most of us recognise we feel good after spending time in the natural world – but there’s plenty of research from around the world that backs that up. Studies have found that spending time in the woods can boost immune function, reduce stress hormones, and cause you to physically relax. Combine that with the other benefits of mindfulness and it’s a powerful tool for physical and especially mental wellbeing.

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