Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku in Japanese, is the medicine of simply being in the forest. It’s taking time to unwind and connect with nature to improve your health. It’s not about hiking or exercising, but rather simply being. Think of it as mindfulness meets time in nature. We are simply there and connect with nature through our sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. In a similar stroke, earthing is the act of placing your bare feet or hands directly on the earth. Because the earth’s surface has a negative charge, it is believed that you can absorb negative ions through your feet. Negative ions have the potential to help reduce inflammation, soothe pain, increase your energy and promote a healthy stress response.