Why

Mindfulness and Forest Bathing?

Stress

Kaplan and Kaplan associated exposure (through the 5 senses) to naturally occurring stimuli as having a direct effect on increasing the parasympathetic nervous system  that leads to a state of relaxation

Anxiety

Findings following a forest therapy program on middle age adult women revealed that levels of tension and anxiety were significantly lower while the “vigor” was significantly higher following forest therapy.

Depression

Forest Bathing: Following a 2 day forest therapy program in Korea, participants reported significant decreases in pain, depression and increased feelings of quality of life. . 

Sleep

Citing the impact of chronic stress on growing populations with insomnia and poor sleep patterns in Japan, Morita et al. studied forest-walking to induce relaxation and improve general sleep-wake cycle. Participants reported a statistically significant correlation between increased sleep time and a 2 hour forest bath.

Anger

Participants in a study in Japan who viewed actual live plants had  significantly increased oxy-hemoglobin concentrations in the prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain that keeps our emotions in proportion).. 

Over-thinking

People report that walking forest brings about an inner calmness of both body and mind.