Generally being out in nature can lead to better health, and if you have access to local woods, there is something special about being among trees.
Research has shown that walking among trees has lowered people’s blood pressure, cortisol levels, pulse rates, and sympathetic nervous system activity (related to stress), while increasing their parasympathetic nervous system activity (related to relaxation)
Apart from producing the oxygen we breathe, research says walking in the woods or in forests, can engender trust, a sense of wonder and of being in the presence of something larger than oneself, and also suggests that engaging with trees help us to feel kinder toward others
For all of these reasons, on a daily basis, I engage with trees, whether it’s looking out the window or on my ‘nearly’ daily walk, or while I am driving. I like to appreciate, on purpose, the trees that I see, whether it is the freshness of spring, or the different greens of summer, the glorious changes of colours in autumn.