A Guide for Nurses to Incorporate Forest Bathing Shinrin-Yoku into Their Life

A Guide for Nurses to Incorporate Forest Bathing Shinrin-Yoku into Their Life


Due to the rapid changes that have happened in the society, most people today live in urban areas. They live a hectic life that in most cases come with its health challenges. It is not uncommon to develop a health condition out of fatigue and pressure in the workplaces. And although most people go to hospitals to look for the treatment of such diseases, a walk in the forest has been found to yield such or even better results. Shinrin-yoku is a term developed in Japan over three decades ago and means “forest bathing.”

Scientists in Japan and South Korea have discovered critical health benefits that come with taking a walk under trees. Their work has attracted the attention of many people around the world, and many are now interested in shinrin-yoku and forest therapy. Did you know that walking in a natural area while relaxed can come with so many health benefits? Nurses to incorporate forest bathing shinrin-yoku into their life because;

It Boosts the Immune System

Some diseases such as cancer have become very common nowadays. Many factors such as lifestyles, genetics, and working conditions among others are believed to be behind the increases cases of such diseases around the world today. New and more advanced treatment methods have developed, and people are spending a lot of money in curing these diseases. Have you ever thought what impact a walk in the forest would have on your immunity? Some trees have been found to produce organic compounds essential in the development of “NK” (natural killer) cells. These cells boost our immune system and help in fighting cancer.

It Reduces Stress

Spending so much time in workplaces without getting enough rest make many people get exhausted. Certain things happening in the society have been known to cause this condition. Think about the pain of losing a loved, separating or divorcing your partner, losing a job, suffering from chronic diseases among others and the psychological suffering that follows. People are now taking medicines to treat conditions that require no medication. A walk in a natural area in a relaxed way has been found to calm your body and reduce stress. Next time you get stressed, don’t take the pills; consider shinrin-yoku.

Recuperation after Surgery, Illness, or Treatment

Some diseases cause a lot of harm to the body so that even after feeling well, a significant amount of time and energy is needed to achieve full recovery. The treatment of other diseases such as cancer makes our bodies weak, taking us a long time before regaining our strength. A walk in the forest is associated with restorative properties. Our bodies’ capacity to restore strength is boosted making one recover even faster.

It Reduces Blood Pressure

Although blood pressure is sometimes genetic, specific factors are known to increase the chances of getting the condition. Some of these lifestyle habits are lack of physical exercises and overweight. Stress has also been found to cause blood pressure. People who visit natural areas regularly are less like to suffer from blood pressure than those that don’t. Nurses should, therefore, incorporate forest bathing shinrin-yoku when in their practice when dealing with conditions it has been found to be applicable.


I am Dr. Marion Johnson, a Nurse Supervisor, Educator, and A clinician with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) both from Walden University. I have worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. Presently, I am doing something I love most, which is being an online instructor. In this position, I believe I can learn, educate, create and implement positive input into the nursing field. Besides work, I am also an avid reader of nursing journals and articles that is why I have a passion for reading, learning and sharing on the trending topics in the nursing arena.

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