In today’s world of steady noise pollution, it becomes increasingly difficult to find peace of mind or think clearly through the chaos in society. Stress and pressure on your mind and body will lead to health degradation and eventual complications. A break from the constant stimulation and intense activities is a wonderful way to counteract the effects of society’s weight on you. Taking time away will help you regenerate and rest, giving your body and mind enough time to recuperate.
Hiking is one of the best ways to go about recuperation and rest. The idea, the feel of the sun, the cold or the wind on you and the toll of the journey on your muscles resulting in eventual fatigue all contribute to giving you the ultimate therapy; nature’s therapy. You might be having second thoughts about going on such an arduous journey but the following reasons will show you why hiking is nature’s therapy for you:
REJUVENATION AND HAPPINESS
The exertion of physical activities induces the release of endorphins, a brain chemical, which gives the feeling of happiness. An hour of trekking can burn over 500 calories depending on the incline and the weight of the pack you’re carrying. This is a great way to lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and workout without pushing your body too hard. At the end of the day, you will feel completely exhausted but fulfilled.
Hiking avails the opportunity to interact with Nature and learn from it. There is nothing older than the Earth and as such it has so much to teach us. Walking through nature will allow you to see its beauty and wisdom and inculcate it into your life. The feeling of oneness with nature would give you the perception of speaking with nature. Beethoven, known to most times have a never stop learning quote on his lips, found walking essential to his creativity and he was able to write down his ideas as they flowed.
SOOTHING AND HEALING
It has been discovered that hiking has cardiovascular benefits and is also a means for cancer patients to recover. The improvement of your anti-oxidative capacity helps fight diseases, and even in some cases breast and prostate cancer in women and men respectively. Hiking soothes the mind and allows you to think freely without the stressors that had been choking you. You will find it easier to breathe and find inspiration out in nature’s territory. The clarity you get will make it easier for you to solve your problems and visualize better for the future.
The songs of birds, the feel of cool breeze, the smell of the flowers, the feel of the sun on your skin, the sound of leaves rustling and the vibrancy of colors out in nature can be overwhelmingly beautiful. All your senses will invariably be attuned to perceive everything around you at the same time giving you an amazing experience. This helps to unlock parts of you that were hidden away and awaken your mind on an unparalleled level.
Hiking connects you to nature and gives you the space you need to ignite and flame your passions. It takes you away from civilization and the complications of society and gives you a haven to escape to.