To do before the leaves change: forest bathe.
You’ve probably been forest bathing without even realizing it. Called Shinrin-yoku in Japanese, forest bathing is an officially recognized leisure and stress management activity touted for its health benefits. You find a wooded area. You enter it. You breathe deeply of the wood and leaf essences emitted by trees. You feel better – emotionally, psychologically and physically. Like with any aromatherapy, part of the benefit comes from deep breathing, part from stillness, and part from the essential oils themselves. Wood essential oils, called phytoncides, are antimicrobial, not to mention, a sensory treat.
So, quick, while you still can – go forest bathing one more time this year. You know you want to.