Tree huggers anonymous…
I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about grounding themselves – Tree hugging.
Tree hugging is great, it works, in fact:
In a recently published book, Blinded by Science, the author Matthew Silverstone, proves scientifically that trees improve many health issues such as; mental illnesses, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), concentration levels, reaction times, depression and the ability to alleviate headaches.
Countless studies have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological effects in terms of their health and well-being when they interact with plants. They demonstrate that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas.
A large public health report that investigated the association between green spaces and mental health concluded that “access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and wellbeing”.
One report concluded with the following: “safe, green spaces may be as effective as prescription drugs in treating some forms of mental illnesses”.
but there is a down side if we aren’t conscious that our actions cause reactions.
So for those who don’t know.
What exactly is tree hugging?
Well, when we are not grounded we lose our focus, our sight, and our dreams. We start to doubt or not believe in ourselves. We allow other peoples beliefs or views to taint our beliefs. We tend to shift our focus and give up on the ‘dream’ that we have been working so hard to achieve.
Grounding keeps you in place. Grounding takes the earth’s energy and keeps you energised; it keeps your feet in place so that you can stand your ground and look forward to visualise the outcome. So why do we tend not to stay grounded? Many people do not know that they should be grounded and some people forget to be grounded. Many people don’t feel they deserve it or simply forget to do it.
Here is a Grounding Exercise:
Go outside and wrap your arms around a tree. Make it a big one, don’t be shy. Feel its strength. Look at its roots and feel how deep the roots are into the ground. Feel the tree’s strength and imagine how it has weathered storms. Imagine how the tree has avoided the lightning strikes; imagine how the tree continued to grow and how it is reaching for the sky. Now pretend that you are that tree. Feel your strength. Grow those roots and reach for the sky. Start each day deciding to be grounded. You will weather the storms. You will avoid the lightning strikes. You will grow. You will be strong
Now what is important here; and I mean vitally important!! Our actions cause reactions. In other words when you take energy from a tree you should be willing to return the favour. If you don’t you are simply an energy vampire and the tree you chose will begin to die. So remember to share your energy. Feed the tree, send her pink light for love and thank the tree for sharing!
Hugging human companions is just as good for you…
A famous quote by psychotherapist Virginia Satir goes,
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
Whether those exact numbers have been scientifically proven remains to be seen, but there is a great deal of scientific evidence related to the importance of hugs and physical contact.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that even a brief hug—as little as twenty seconds—from a partner can help reduce cortisol levels that contribute towards stress.
Too much cortisol is bad news – for our moods. Our weight and our hearts. While stress hormones like cortisol are a good thing when we need to react in a hurry, poor stress management can keep cortisol levels high even when we don’t need it.
In addition to lowering stress levels, hugs are good for you in many other ways:
Hugging induces Oxytocin in the body:
Oxytocin is a powerful hormone, one that not only fortifies bonds with our loved ones, but also has the capability to stimulate solidarity between total strangers.
Hugging lowers blood pressure:
The next time you hold someone close, take a deep breath and let it go. Unless it’s someone you’d rather not be hugging, chances are you’ll notice your heart rate and your breathing slow down a bit. As the oxytocin levels rise, they affect the hormones that keep us at the ready for action and allow our blood pressure to drop.
Protects against inflammation and oxidative stress:
We hear all the time that inflammation is unhealthy and increases the aging process. Instead of reaching for another bowl of ice cream, consider a little extra cuddle time before falling asleep.
Relieves pain and raises our pain threshold:
Ever have that feeling that nothing can hurt you because you’re so in love? Well, it was probably the oxytocin. This effect of oxytocin is particularly helpful for women in labour, but has implications for the rest of us too. What’s the first thing we do after jamming a finger? We rub it with our other hand. Even this self-stimulation triggers a release of oxytocin and helps us deal with the pain.
Reduces social anxiety:
When our brains release oxytocin, we are more likely to have an optimistic outlook about connecting with others, better self-esteem and an easier time trusting those around us. Newer studies are exploring the usefulness of oxytocin (and even supplemental oxytocin) for both post-traumatic stress disorder and autism.
Hugging builds stronger bonds with the people you see every day:
Hugging nurtures human relationships, cultivates trust, increases confidence, and frankly, makes us happier people.
Hugging is a reciprocal good deed:
One never knows what is going on in another person’s life. When a good, sincere hug is given, it has the potential to completely alter one’s day. How simple of a good deed is that? Just wrap your arms around me, and hug!
Scientists say that hugging is a form of communication because it can say things you don’t have words for.
Hug your friends:
We associate cuddling and physical affection with romantic relationships, but something as simple as a hug will also increase oxytocin levels.
Play with your pet:
Studies show that snuggling doesn’t have to be with our fellow humans to increase oxytocin. Any positive touch will elicit a release of oxytocin.
Take a warm bath:
The physical sensations of warmth can help increase oxytocin flow.
Get a massage:
Massages don’t just help stretch out sore muscles; they’re also a great way to boost oxytocin levels and overall health.
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