1. Schedule it in
Prioritise Shinrin-Yoku in your weekly routine and make time for it. Pick a quiet time of day, such as a weekday afternoon or early morning or late afternoon on a weekend when there are fewer people around.
2. Digital detox
Turn off your phone and leave your camera behind to remove distractions so you can be fully present in the moment.
3. Be spontaneous
Don’t pre-plan your route, just walk and let the trails take you wherever you feel like going. Again, it’s about being totally present.
4. Slow down
Don’t be afraid to stop and take it all in. Walk slowly, take a seat on a branch to watch the wildlife or pack a picnic to enjoy surrounded by nature.
5. Use all five senses
Breathe in the smell of the pine trees, admire the moss crisscrossing the branches, tap into the sensation of your feet walking along the earth – what does it feel like, look like, sound like, smell like?
Focus on your breathing and allow yourself to relax and clear your mind. Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths before opening your eyes and soaking up the atmosphere of the forest.
7. Be quiet
If you’re not alone, walk in silence together. Don’t talk or play any music – instead, just listen to the sounds of the forest.
8. Take your time
Two hours or more is the recommended amount of time to enjoy a forest bathing experience but a short time (even just 10 minutes) can have meditative benefits and help you to reset.