Forest bathing for the Virgo soul...

Forest bathing for the Virgo soul...

What is the perfect diversion for this overworked Earth Sign? A walk in the woods. And not just any stroll, but shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing." The practice that started in Japan in the 1980s requires participants to use all five senses to engage mindfully with nature.

Leave the cell phone at home - and some walks are done in complete silence. As you breathe deeply you begin to notice the texture of trees, the smell of flowers, the crunch of stones underfoot.

And the health benefits are real. Stress dissipates, blood pressure drops, even white-blood-cell counts increase! If you don't live near a forest, there's evidence that just looking at the trees outside your window can help!

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