Posted on June 17, 2016

The Mental Health Benefits From Hiking

Written By bodywipejim Tags: backpacking , hiking , mental health

Two hikers taking selfie on top of the mountain Hiking is a fun outdoor activity that is not only good for your body, but for your mind as well. Articles on hiking often only look at the physical attributes gained from the physical movement over varied and challenging terrain, but the mental health from socialization and the beautiful scenery is just as important. Humans are social creatures by nature and although we do enjoy time alone, we all need a network of close relations with other people in order to feel happy, secured and loved. Hiking is a fantastic way to get closer to friends and family while out on the trail. Living in the 24/7 digital era of social media, a hike with friends can be worth more than many text messages or Facebook posts! Spending time out in nature hiking can not only help reduce the symptoms of depression, but also help fight anxiety and stress. It can be very healthy to take a breather from life’s head winds and get out on the hiking trail. Hiking through wooded areas or surrounded by mountains can refocus your thoughts and help take your mind away from the stresses in everyday life. So the next time you need a “pick me up” get out and take a hike and let friends and nature be the prescription to good mental health!

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