Forest bathing as part of a led group is brilliant for lots of reasons. But if you’re not currently able to attend a session (or have attended and want to keep going on your own!), then you might find this quick beginner’s guide helpful.
It’s really important to know that there is no right or wrong when it comes to forest bathing – start small, be kind to yourself, and let us know how you get on! Feedback, comments and requests for more tips always welcome!
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Spending time in nature can become even more important as the evenings start to draw in. But if the changing weather and shorter daylight hours mean you’re finding it a bit harder to leave the house, here are our top tips for getting out there and enjoying autumn forest bathing:
Keep it toasty – if you are feeling cold, this will get in the way of relaxing and enjoying. Autumn weather can be unpredictable in terms of sunshine / rain / temperature etc so always take plenty of layers and waterproofs. I’d go so far as to say clothes-wise take more than you think you need: worse case scenario you can take a layer off and pop it in your rucksack – much better than ending up shivering! A hot drink in a flask can also be a good idea.
Focus on the positives – one for you if you’re already missing summer and not loving the grey skies. Try and think about the benefits that autumn brings to your forest bathing practice – windier weather means being able to close your eyes and hear it in the trees; rain brings out the smells of the forest; and as the woods get ready for winter we get a beautiful display of colour followed by leaf piles we can enjoy walking through / kicking / jumping in!
Pick a spot and notice the changes – this can really help you keep getting out there. Choose a place to regularly visit, ideally at least once a week, and every time you go there try and discover as many differences from your last visit as possible. Warning: this is something you can easily get hooked on!