When you need to decompress and rejuvenate your mind, where do you think of going? A spa…Some tropical island somewhere? It’s easier than that – go into the forest.
The Japanese art of “forest bathing” (called Shinrin-yoku) is promoted as a way for urbanites to reconnect with nature and our calmer selves. It has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety, improve mood, and strengthen the immune system, as well as lower blood pressure, pulse rate, and cortisol levels.
The idea is to spend a few hours surrounded by trees while quietly enjoying your surroundings. Strenuous hiking isn’t the goal, but instead a slow walk or sitting among nature while breathing in the air, quieting your mind, or even creating are ideal.
Northern Jersey is filled with beautiful natural places to ‘forest bathe’ and rejuvenate yourself.
Places to explore:
Ramapo Reserve, Bergen County
Delaware Water Gap, Sussex and Warren Counties
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex County
Minisink Valley Preserve, Sussex County
Black River Country Park, Morris County
Eagle Rock Reservation, Essex County
South Mountain Reservation, Essex County
Learn more info about forest bathing.