Immerse yourself in the Swedish forest

Few activities are as therapeutic as forest bathing. Sweden – with its varied terrain available to all – is the perfect setting for this soul-cleansing practice, far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

The mindful, meditative practice of forest bathing has become so popular in Sweden that skogsbad – the Swedish word for ‘forest bathing’ – has even made its way into the official Swedish dictionary.

 

Swedes’ relationship with nature is deeply ingrained in the Swedish lifestyle and many might say, psyche. Luckily so, as being at one with nature will stand you in good stead – a recent case study conducted at medical university Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm indicates that time spent outdoors has significant health benefits. After just 72 hours in nature, participants’ stress levels decreased by 70 percent, while their blood pressure and heart rate dropped. Their sense of wellbeing and creativity, in contrast, surged.