During isolation and quarantine, many people face problems with their mental health. Research suggests ways other than interaction to deal with loneliness
Iceland’s forestry service, for instance, encourages residents to hug trees for five minutes every day to improve their wellbeing. Research shows that trees really have healing powers. One of the theories behind it proposes that phytoncides, the chemicals emitted from trees, could have a positive effect on peoples’ stress levels.
To find out more about the forestry service’s recommendation, please read the article on Lonely Planet or check out this newspaper page.