Forest Bathing...even when you don't have a forest

Updated: May 13

Have you heard of "forest bathing?" In Japan, it is called shinrin yoku. The idea is that you go into the forest, amongst the trees and relax, breath deeply, and take in the atmosphere and the calm, quiet beauty of nature. Medical professionals there prescribe it as a treatment for all sorts of ailments, especially for stress reduction.

In Norway, where my extended family lives, they have Friluftsliv, which translates in English as "free air life." Norwegians are well known for their love and appreciation of nature and the outdoors, regardless of the weather. Schools there encourage outdoor play for students, and find that time in the wo