Research shows that using hiking as an additional therapy can help people with severe depression feel less hopeless, depressed and anxious. It may even inspire those suffering from it to lead a more active lifestyle.
For those who don’t suffer from depression, hiking still offers mental benefits. Being out in nature, away from the business of our daily lives and technology, can allow people to connect with themselves and nature in a way that brings about peace and a sense of well-being.
Physical distance from your everyday life also provides you with a mental and emotional break. This distance is needed to momentarily place aside the pressures of constantly trying to balance work, relationships, friendships, finances and health. If you are living in a hectic area, have little munchkins running around, or are in a busy workplace – the silence of nature will let you take a moment to breathe.