Forest bathing: how to bring Japanese nature craze into your home

Create a lush, urban jungle and feel the benefits of a closer connection with nature

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The concept of shinrin-yoku or ‘forest bathing’ swept across Japan in the 1980s.

It involves heading into nature to immerse yourself in the surroundings so you can fully appreciate the outside space. It was found to have a dramatic positive effect on the welfare of the citizens, so the Japanese government introduced forest bathing as a national health programme.

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Spending time around plants lowers pulse rate and cortisol levels, and in turn reduces stress responses and signs of depression.

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Studies have shown that even looking at green walls or digital images of plants can have a therapeutic effect, making it easy to give your wellbeing a boost from the comfort of your own home.
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If you don’t have the space for plants, botanical motifs will boost the jungle feel

Relax in a soothing, mindful space with clean white walls and natural textures, or lose yourself in a deep, cosy jungle with bright colours and tropical prints – choose whatever makes you feel the most at home.

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