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Beginner's Guide to Forest Bathing

Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin-yoku, a Japanese practice of spending time in nature to improve health and well-being, is a simple and effective way to connect with nature and appreciate its beauty. It is also a great way to embody the Cottagecore philosophy of mindfulness, self-love, and simplicity.



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1) What you need for Forest bath:

  • A forest or other natural area

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing

  • Water bottle

  • Sunscreen and insect repellent (optional)


You may also want to bring the following items, depending on your personal preferences and the location where you will be forest bathing:


  • A mat or blanket to sit on

  • A journal to write down your thoughts and feelings

  • A picnic lunch

  • A camera to capture the beauty of nature





2) How to do it:

  1. Find a quiet spot in the forest where you will not be disturbed.

  2. Turn off your phone and other electronic devices.

  3. Slow down your pace and take deep breaths.

  4. Engage your senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

  5. Be mindful of your surroundings and how they make you feel.

  6. Spend at least 30 minutes in the forest, but longer is better.


3) Tips for beginners:

  • Start with short forest bathing sessions and gradually increase the amount of time you spend in nature.

  • If you are new to meditation, you can start by focusing on your breath or on the sounds of the forest.

  • Don't worry about doing it right. Just relax and enjoy the experience.


4) Benefits of forest bathing:


Forest bathing is a simple and effective way to improve your physical and mental health. It is also a great way to connect with nature and appreciate its beauty. When forest bathing through the Cottagecore lens, we can focus on the following:


  • Finding a natural setting that evokes a sense of peace and tranquility. This could be a meadow with wildflowers, a forest with a babbling brook, or a grove of trees with a canopy of leaves.


  • Dressing in Cottagecore-inspired clothing, such as flowy dresses, floral prints, and straw hats. This can help us to feel more connected to nature and to embody the Cottagecore aesthetic.



  • Bringing along Cottagecore-inspired foods, such as freshly baked bread, fruit, and cheese. This can help us to create a more immersive experience and to savor the simple pleasures of life.


  • Engaging our senses and being present in the moment. We can notice the beauty of the natural world around us, such as the sound of the birds singing or the feel of the sun on our skin.


  • Practicing mindfulness and self-compassion. We can use this time to reflect on our thoughts and feelings, and to be kind to ourselves.


If you are new to forest bathing, I recommend starting with a short session and gradually increasing the amount of time you spend in nature. It is also important to be respectful of the environment and to leave no trace.


We hope this information is helpful. Enjoy your forest bathing adventures!




 

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