One Corona Coping Thing: Hug a Tree!

Miro’s mom, Natalia, hugging a tree in Mt. Tamalpais State Park last year. (miss you mom!)

One Cool Thing: Hug a Tree!

We can’t hug people during the coronavirus outbreak but the Icelandic Forestry Service has another idea: go hug a tree. That’s been their official advice to cooped up Icelanders to cope with a lack of social contact. The Foresty Service has even been clearing snow to allow people safe access to forests.

When you hug [a tree], you feel it first in your toes and then up your legs and into your chest and then up into your head,forest ranger Þór Þorfinnsson tells the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV). “It’s such a wonderful feeling of relaxation and then you’re ready for a new day and new challenges.”

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