A Walk Through Lockdown
Costanza Sardelli launches Arts and Literature’s new lockdown photojournalism project, by capturing the Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’
With a lockdown being reinstated across the country, it is sometimes difficult to remember that we are not alone in this arduous and isolating time. Solitary walks have been part of this shared experience that have allowed people across the world to relearn the immense value that a burst of fresh air can have on both your mental and physical health.
Walking in the countryside has been a therapeutic practice, something to do as a way of showing up for yourself and giving structure during such unsure times. Breathing in the fresh, rejuvenating air and bathing in the sunlight while admiring the natural landscape never fails to ease stress and calm the soul. This grounding practice is best described by the Japanese word shinrin-yoku, which translates to ‘’forest bath.’’ I hope that these pictures taken during my own experience with forest bathing help you feel relaxed and offer a sense of comfort…