What can we learn from Japanese Forest Bathers?

Enjoying The Nature


It seems silly to imagine that garden or a koi pond could have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. But before you dismiss the idea, consider this: For over thirty years, the Japanese government has encouraged the practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, to increase citizen’s physical and mental health. Forest bathing is the practice of spending time in nature specifically for the purpose of enhancing the body and mind.



Countless studies support the idea that spending time outdoors is great for your health. Benefits include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased mental focus
  • Faster recovery from illness and injury
  • Reduced risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Boosted immune system

Japan is pretty far away from Kansas City, but there are ways we can incorporate the ideas behind forest bathing into our everyday lives. One of those ways is to use landscaping to enhance our homes in ways that encourage us to spend time outdoors.

The perfect time to make changes to your property is now, so that as the snow melts and the days warm up, you can take full advantage of every day of sunshine. Investing in outdoor living is not just an investment in your property value, it’s also an investment in the physical and emotional health of you and your family. Here are some landscaping ideas to get you started.

Let There Be Light!

Adding LED landscape lighting will encourage you to linger outside after sunset. A lighting expert can customize lighting so that you can enjoy the beauty of your property late into the evening. Landscape lighting also increases the safety and security of your home, keeping you from tripping in the dark and making your home a less desirable target for criminals.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

You can accent the existing trees and flowers in your yard with garden planting. The beauty of a garden encourages you and your family to linger longer outside. The act of looking at a garden has been shown to decrease stress and increase positive feelings. Professional landscapers can help you decide if a low maintenance free form garden or a more structured formal option works best for you.

Keep Warm Outdoors With a Firepit

As winter days drag on, we may find that we want to spend time outdoors, but chilly temperatures keep us cooped up inside. One solution? An outdoor firepit keeps you and your family warm enough to stay outside even even as temperatures drop. Firepits are a great focal point for social interaction, which is another proven stress buster.

You may not be able to travel all the way to the forests of Japan to zap stress, but you can make small changes to make sure that you enjoy the nature in your own Kansas City backyard. Call the trusted professionals at Prestige One Landscaping at (816) 226-6337 to talk about ways to make the outdoors your home.