Trees can help you find health and happiness.
Whether you are eating them, watering them or walking through a forest, they yield incredible power of both body and mind.
I often feel like I am repeating myself. The words arranged a little differently but the same message. It can be vexing as I search for new ways to deliver a very simplistic message, in engaging ways that make people want to make these lifestyle changes.
So instead of regurgitating my message, I’ll start with some startling statistics.
Beyond Blue states that 45% of Australians will experience mental health issues at some stage of their lives
Approx. 1 million Australian’s suffer depression and 2 million suffer anxiety.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.
On average, 65,000 people attempt suicide in Australia each year, and eight per day will die.
Living with an ex-serviceman, I knew the acronym for PTSD from an early age and associated this with heavy drinking, bouts of anger and deep depression. I have come to understand later in life that Mental Health issues are neither cured with a pill nor numbing through excessive drinking but start with a conversation.
Conversations create connection and sometimes it’s an empathetic ear that makes the difference. To be heard, understood and feel supported to make the required changes. Humans are hard wired for connection, we shift energetically when we are around other people. Think of a time when someone was in an incredible good mood, dancing about and singing. You felt great around them. Energized, lifted. This is the power of human connection.