Hypnotherapist says hugging trees could tackle loneliness during lockdown

This Morning viewers were cheered up today after a hypnotherapist suggested hugging trees as a way to combat loneliness during lockdown

Jim Tubbs Galley, from Reading, who studied at the Royal Berkshire college of Clinical Hypnosis, works to tackle anxiety and addiction and appeared on the show to promote the unusual form of alternative therapy. 

He claimed hugging trees could be ‘the key to helping the spirit of loneliness’ and even convinced hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield to try out the method while being led through guided meditation. 

Viewers were baffled by the segment but admitted they might give tree hugging a go, and were left in stitches by seeing Holly and Phil trying it out in the studio. 

Hypnotherapist Jim Tubbs Galley (pictured), from Reading, claimed hugging trees could be 'the key to helping the spirit of loneliness' on This Morning

Hypnotherapist Jim Tubbs Galley (pictured), from Reading, claimed hugging trees could be ‘the key to helping the spirit of loneliness’ on This Morning 

The hypnotherapist convinced hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield (both pictured) to try out tree hugging while being led through guided meditation

The hypnotherapist convinced hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield (both pictured) to try out tree hugging while being led through guided meditation

Explaining his method, Jim said: ‘Tree hugging is the key to helping the spirit of loneliness, which is very apt these days. 

‘Nothing will make up for the human contact, but I found last March people were ringing me up – they were distraught they couldn’t hug their loved ones and its just part of the therapy. 

‘Because some people don’t want to go out at all, I said to them go out and hug a tree. I believe in it. 

‘Most people need a purpose – they were devoid of purpose their routine was out of kilter, if they were on furlough they were bored. All the summer it was brilliant and it’s taken off again over winter, its good therapy. ‘ 

Viewers were baffled by the segment but admitted they might give tree hugging a go, and were left in stitches by seeing Holly and Phil trying it out in the studio

Viewers were baffled by the segment but admitted they might give tree hugging a go, and were left in stitches by seeing Holly and Phil trying it out in the studio

He went on to explain that tree hugging can be a good form of distraction during the pandemic, and that connecting with nature can help to ‘calm you down’ and release serotonin. 

‘It gives of good serotonins,’ he said. ‘It helps people. It seems silly at first but they get a rush of good endorphins and it calms them down, and that’s what we need at the moment. There is so much bad news and you can’t get away from it.

‘I deal with people with high anxiety and addictions but I am a little bit alternative. I think whatever works for you, try it.’  

Presenters Holly and Phil then decided to give the method a go, being guided through meditation while hugging some fake trees in the studio

Presenters Holly and Phil then decided to give the method a go, being guided through meditation while hugging some fake trees in the studio

'Think of your name of balance and strength', said Jim, 'You're both amazing you give people love and joy but you have to look after yourself'

‘Think of your name of balance and strength’, said Jim, ‘You’re both amazing you give people love and joy but you have to look after yourself’

Presenters Holly and Phil then decided to give the method a go, being guided through meditation while hugging some fake trees in the studio.  

‘Close your eyes,’ said Jim. ‘Think of your name of balance and strength. You’re both amazing you give people love and joy, but you have to look after yourself.’ 

Viewers were admittedly baffled by the therapy, however confessed that the segment had ‘cheered up their morning’ and that they were ‘off to find a tree to hug’ themselves. 

Jim said tree hugging can be a good form of distraction during the pandemic, and that connecting with nature can help to 'calm you down' and release serotonin

Jim said tree hugging can be a good form of distraction during the pandemic, and that connecting with nature can help to ‘calm you down’ and release serotonin

One wrote: ‘I’m not sure if I totally buy tree hugging, but this guy is amazing. He’s cheered me right up this morning.’ 

Another teased: ‘I’m off to hug a tree #thismorning’. 

A third wrote: ‘I’ve reached the stage in lockdown where hugging a tree is becoming something I could see myself doing’. 

‘WTF have I tuned into? I’m off to find me a tree to hug! Morning lovelies!’, wrote a fourth.  

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