A popular Japanese outdoor activity called “Forest Bathing” has caught the fascination of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Forest bathing is an activity that lets you spend some time outdoors, particularly in a forest, to counter winter blues even at near-freezing temperature. The said activity was developed in Japan in the ‘80s and is one of the foundations of Japanese medicine and health care. It was said that the Duchess of Cambridge is planning to use the popular nature therapy as an inspiration of her entry at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, which will happen in the month of May.
Forest Bathing was taken from the phrase “Shinrin-Yoku” which literally means “taking in the forest atmosphere” and has been getting a lot of attention among nature lovers even outside Japan. In a statement made by Dr Miles Richardson, a nature connection specialist from Derby University, the said activity can help in reducing high blood pressure, improve a person’s immune system, increase someone’s serotonin levels, and make emotions well-balanced. This means that the activity will have a positive impact on your overall physical well-being, making you more joyful and calm and thus, improving your mental health. With this, the activity helps improve both your physical and mental health.
A three-day stay in the forest is an ideal forest bathing activity according to Dr Qing Li from the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo. In the United Kingdom, some of the top holiday companies in the country have started offering forest bathing activities in popular nature spots. Among the highly suggested spots is Deerpark in Cornwall, home of a number of red deer and is surrounded by the Cornish countryside. Other popular forest bathing spots in the country include Beddgelert in Wales, Keldy in Yorkshire, Blackwood in Winchester, Strathyre in Scotland, and Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.