Simply spending time in nature shows benefits both for body terrain factors linked to cancer and for reducing cancer risk. It may also help with symptoms common among people with cancer.
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Time in nature can be as simple and spontaneous as a walk in a park or on a beach. Or it can be a more planned practice such as hiking or camping. Forest bathing was first named in Japan, where shinrin-yoku—forest bathing—has become a regular practice and is gaining attention from medical organizations. It involves not only walking in a forested area, but also practicing mindfulness—walking aimlessly and slowly, savoring the sounds, smells, and sights of nature and letting the forest in.1Getting back to nature: how forest bathing can make us feel better. The Guardian. June 8, 2019. Viewed April 25, 2022.
Evidence for benefits from forest bathing among people with cancer is so far limited to a few studies showing lower risk of cancer, benefits for body terrain factors linked to cancer, and very initial benefit for some side effects. However, much more evidence shows benefits for symptoms not specifically among people with cancer. Even time seeing nature through a window, or listening to nature sounds can bring benefits. Because it is low-cost, generally low-risk, and accessible for most people, time in nature could be a part of many people’s lifestyle choices to reduce cancer’s impacts.
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|1||Getting back to nature: how forest bathing can make us feel better. The Guardian. June 8, 2019. Viewed April 25, 2022.|