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When a forest is like a counsellor...

For lots of people, even admitting that they're in need of extra supports is hard. We hold ourselves against some kind of invisible standard which dictates that we 'should' be able to cope. That asking for help is weakness, and paying someone to listen to you and support you is further proof of incapacity.

But what if it's actually the strongest move? What if taking charge of your well being by deliberately getting more people and practices in your corner is the best move you can make? What if, by getting someone on your side, you're more able to recognize your own capacity?

When we're alone, it's hard to see the whole picture. Depression and anxiety are known to distort our thinking, to make it actually impossible to see out of the hole we're standing in. Distorted thinking also tells us that no-one would understand, that the situation is hopeless and unchangeable, and we are failures for both trying and not trying. It's painful, circular, and relentless.

Think about an ecosystem. In a forest, interdependence is key to healthy co-existence. A single tree standing alone might be strong, but it's still vulnerable. Erosion, starvation, disease, old age. When there are supports in place to help buffer storms, to protect seedlings, and to prevent erosion, the whole system benefits.

Here you go. 30 minutes of forest - no musak. Pop in some headphones and relax. If you've got a little time today, why not contemplate whether you'd rather be a single tree, holding up as best you can, or if growing a few trees around you might be good for you and everyone else around you.

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