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COVID-19 Stress Reduction Technique: The Japanese Practice of Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing

Measures to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, such as social distancing, force individuals to spend more time indoors, removed from the natural environment. Social isolation coupled with the lack of outdoor exposure to nature may have a negative impact on an individual’s ability to cope with stress (Burtscher et al., 2020). Ongoing research indicates stress may reduce an individual’s immunity to disease (Seiler et al., 2020).

The purpose of this extension bulletin is to explain the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, also referred to as “forest bathing,” to individuals interested in an academically researched and low-cost, natural stress reduction technique that may have positive health outcomes for individuals dealing with COVID-19 related stress factors.


8.5 x 11, 4 pages, color, DS, single staple upper-left, 24#

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