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You are probably looking at the title thinking why would I write about Tree hugging?! But don’t knock it until you go out and try it. I’m pretty sure many of you have heard of the term ‘Tree Hugger.’ It is a word often used in a slightly mocking way referring to environment campaigners. Don’t worry though this blog post isn’t going into deep conversation about protests. In the past there have been protests and people even chaining themselves to the trunks of trees to stop them from being cut down. I’m not going to write about that stuff. I wanted to write about the benefits that trees can actually give to us.
As a nature enthusiast I love learning about the power of trees. Trees really are incredible when you delve into information about them. The benefits of giving trees a hug or just a simple touch interests me and that’s why I wanted to share on my blog as maybe one of you also shares similar interest. I love hearing about new studies that take place on trees and their benefits. Japan is a country where ‘forest bathing’ is popular and one study I have heard about done by scientists in Japan found that, breathing in aromas that is produced by trees can help to immune your body against some diseases. This is all because of phytonicides. Phytonicides are compounds that trees produce to protect themselves from harmful germs and insects. When inhaled by humans Phytonicides have strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities.
There has also been more research done recently that has found out the benefits for hugging and touching trees. Incredibly our heart rate changes when we are around trees. This helps to regulate our emotions as it calms and re-balances our systems. We all are aware of the many benefits that nature and being outdoors can give us. For example; Boosts our energy and eliminates fatigue, brilliant for our mental health and Seasonal Depression, has a de-stressing effect, lowers blood pressure, could improve memory and focus and many more benefits. But recently there has been more research into our ‘connection with nature.’ Touching or hugging trees gives us the idea that we are at one with nature around us. This connection we feel has been linked to better life expectancy, better body image, a strong sense of meaningfulness and lower cognitive anxiety. Finding out the benefits of ‘connecting with nature’ doesn’t surprise me as I know how powerful being around nature can feel and I have felt many benefits from being in forests and just simply out in beautiful fields. Having a strong connection with nature is so important for our wellbeing especially when our modern world includes alot of ‘screen time’ and indoor activities, but the best thing about being at one with nature and reeping it’s benefits is that it is free and accessible to anybody!
So don’t instantly knock tree hugging and enjoy being in the presence of these beautiful living things. It’s always healthy to bring more nature into your life and I think you will be surprised with how you feel after you do spend more time in nature and the wonderful outdoors. You can even add abit of luxury into your life and book a relaxing holiday in forests, partake in a workshop on the power of trees or maybe somewhere near you holds yoga or exercise sessions outdoors too. I love to go to Forest Holidays (In the UK) they have gorgeous log cabins in the middle of the woods and forests so nature is right on your doorstep and I always feel so refreshed and inspired after spending a break there.
I hope this post has given you a little something to think about and if you enjoyed it please leave a like or a comment letting me know so! I love hearing from all of my readers.