What are the other positive aspects to forest bathing?
Forests promote wellbeing by making us focus our attention in a different way. Your surroundings stimulate your ‘spontaneous attention’, making your ‘focused attention’ rest – this is the attention you use for work and problem solving – leaving you feel refreshed and refocused after forest bathing.
We’ve also been thinking a lot about whether the benefits of forest bathing could be reproduced, for instance whether you could offer forest bathing through VR glasses for the elderly. But to maximise that experience, I believe you would also have to work with scents, and with sounds, so it’s interesting to consider what aspects can you only achieve by actually being there, in the forest.