Monday, 21 June 2010

Trees for Health

I've been trying out the new Blogger template designer and chosen a woodland background. I figured it was representative of my life at the moment. I'm fortunate to live in an area where there is a beautiful woodland walk alongside a river that is a refuge of calm and tranquility.

A few days before travelling to the Health 2.0 conference in Paris to present in April this year I was feeling very tense. I hadn't been away from my 5 year old son in, well, 5 years, and presenting in front of an audience of over 500, after working mostly on my own for several years, was a bit of a challenge. I had booked myself onto a short workshop that was taking place in my local woods called 'Trees for Health' a few days before I was due to leave. I didn't feel like I had time for such an event, but wanted to support a friend who had organised the day and figured it would be good for my work life balance.

We spent a few hours learning about the health benefits of trees, foraging for things that we could eat, and then lit a fire to make nettle soup and wild garlic salad. It felt like stepping through the door into another world for a short while, but the benefits really were worth it. The night before my trip to Paris I couldn't sleep, so lay down and imagined I was in a forest, looking up at green leaves - it was incredibly relaxing and in the morning I felt refreshed and calm. Now whenever I need a bit of thinking space I take a short walk through the woods, breathe deeply, watch the river, feel alive, re-energized and creative. Whenever feeling a little 'down' I look up to the tops of the trees - impossible not to feel your spirits lifting when you do.

So I thought to share the benefits of trees with you. If you are feeling tense at work, find a wood and try a little tree therapy. Here's a little more about the benefits of trees on your health.