Hug trees to fight loneliness
Lockdown and isolation are tough. We crave for our friends, and it’s much more difficult for some people who are away from home and family. But Iceland has a very wholesome suggestion for citizens craving physical contact in the age of social distancing: Find the nearest tree and give it a hug.
The Icelandic Forest Service (IFS) says that spending at least five minutes a day hugging a tree is a great way to beat loneliness in quarantine. Paths have been plowed through the snow in East Iceland to give residents easier access to trees, and trails have been expanded so hikers can get outdoors while keeping their distance. The IFS even updated its website with photos of people embracing trees of all shapes and sizes.
Tree-hugging produces feelings of relaxation and prepares you to take on whatever challenges lie ahead.
Trees are the longest living organisms on Earth, and never die of old age. Methuselah, from California’s White Mountains, comes in at over 4,800 years old.