How to Relax Under a Tree

There is nothing more beautiful than a fully grown tree, a tree with fall foliage or seeing a tree in full bloom, if you're lucky. Such trees inspire us to relax and commune with nature, taking advantage of the shade, the quiet goings-on of the tree's inhabitants and the beauty of its form.


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    Select the perfect tree. The location of the tree is up to you, as long as it is somewhere pleasant, peaceful and out of the way of pedestrian traffic. It may be in your backyard, a local park or a place where you enjoy walking. Decide what appeals to you by reason of a tree's shape, color, height, peculiarities, texture, etc. Trees are as individual as we are, making the choice a very personal one.
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    Find a comfortable spot. It may be as simple as sitting underneath the tree on a rug or sitting on some soft grass that has been nourished by the shelter of the tree. Perhaps, if you are quite agile, you may enjoy climbing the tree for a view and a position above the rest of the world below.
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    Set up a hammock. Assemble a hammock between two trees in the backyard. Have a wonderful afternoon nap in the fresh air and shade.
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    Relax and appreciate the tree. If you are simply going to admire the tree, you can lie back and watch the foliage. Observe how the sun's rays peep through the leaves and be sure to catch the dance of the branches in the breeze.
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    Read. Reading under, next to or while in a tree is a pleasant and peaceful pastime. A favorite novel, a new magazine or biography are just some of the possible choices.
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    Write. If you enjoy writing, have to study or prepare some written work, it can be more relaxing to attempt these while sitting under a tree enjoying the sounds of nature around you.
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    Have a snack. Go outside for a short break. Sitting in the shade having a snack can be a refreshing change of pace.
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    Sit in the park. Sit on a park bench surrounded by trees. Bring a picnic lunch. Offer a few bread crumbs to the birds and pass the afternoon away.
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    Enjoy the trees in the winter. On a warm winter's day, lie back on the snow and look up at the branches of a deciduous tree. Get to know the tree very well. Call back again in the summertime to see how the foliage has changed its perspective nature.


  • Sit on a blanket or in a hammock to improve visibility of the ground beneath you. It's much more difficult to prevent fire ant bites when you don't see them coming.


  • Be aware of the local wildlife. Knowing types of trees, what plants/animals are most likely to be near based on season and location, and a basic list of dangerous/painful insects is imperative. A few examples:
    • Tree Asps are common in the southern U.S. and can be commonly found on the branches of live oaks during the summer and fall. Sitting under a live oak tree during the fall in New Orleans is not to be advised, as these caterpillars are known to have the most painful sting of any caterpillar found in the US. To make matters worse, they look much like Persian cats, tempting young children to grab them.
    • Yellow Jackets are well-known, but nesting habits change from place to place. While some do build nests above ground, many yellow jacket species build nests underground. Sitting next to a well-hidden yellow jacket nest is to be avoided.
    • Fire Ants are surprisingly misunderstood and really love trees. Fire ants are not called fire ants because they are red. In fact, they are sort of a rusty brown color. Fire ants are called fire ants because their bite/sting feels like fire.

Things You'll Need

  • Book
  • Magazine
  • Snack or lunch
  • Rug
  • Hammock
  • Sunscreen (use in the winter, summer or an overcast day)

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Categories: Creating Pleasurable Experiences | Enjoying the Great Outdoors