October 27, 2018 – Forest Bathing

Fall is often the favorite season for many midwesterners.  The leaves are changing, it is time to wear boots again, pumpkin everything is available and it is football season!  But have you really taken the time to enjoy fall and soak in the season? Have you had the opportunity to so some forest bathing?  

 

In Japan locals practice forest bathing and work to take in the forest through their senses.  It is not hiking or jogging but simply being in nature and connecting with all your senses. Even small amounts of time in nature can have an impact on your health.  Walking in the woods allows you to unplug, slow down, reduce stress and relax. Listen to the birds sing and the cracking of leaves under your feet. Look at the different colors and how the sunlight filters through the tree branches.  Smell the fragrances of the forest. Taste the freshness of the air. Savor the smells, sound and slights. Not sure how to get started with forest bathing? Make a plan to go to the UW-Madison Arboretum. The 1260 acres of beauty are a perfect place to recognize the benefits and tradition of forest bathing.  



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