Life can be hard. One minute you are walking along your merry way and then the next someone has thrown a curve ball at you. Unless you have a mitt in your hand at the ready, you are going to take a sharp hit. Ouch! It is rough. Fortunately for you and all of us though, there are Natural Cures for Anxiety and Depression – Listen to Nature.
Let’s get started.
Take a Slow, Deep Gut Breath Right Now
Life can get difficult fast. It happens. All of us go through the challenges of life at one point or another. For now though, you need to take a deep breath and slow down for a moment. It might seem like other people are moving at lightning speed while you are in the slow lane, but everyone lives life at their own pace.
Some are like Usain Bolt, rushing from one challenge to another and climbing Mount Everest before you have even completed the first lap. It is mind boggling. You might be suffering from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) or jealousy or anxiety. Everyone gets the feeling. It is okay to feel this way. It is not okay to make it a personality trait.
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter do not help at all in this matter. The pictures look idyllic and perfect. It is almost mind boggling. Let me tell you looks can be deceiving. Take a week-long break from social media right now. All the platforms distort real life in one form or another. Like those with body dysmorphia (think body builders and super models), people who spend too much time on social media suffer from social dysmorphia. Social media is not reality though.
Place your hands, one over the another, and take a slow, deep breath. Do 5 – 10 repetitions of them. You will feel a lot better afterwards. It is okay to be imperfect.
5 Reasons You Should Seriously Consider Hiking
Now that you have calmed down. You need to consider something important. By a long shot, hiking is my number one recommendations for five big reasons. (I could go on and on with tens of other reasons, but five is more manageable than thirty for most people :)).
1. It is Free.
You do not have to pay a cent. Unless you are heading to a major national park, your wallet will be fine. You just need to drive or walk to where you want to hike. You won’t find a toll booth and often the parking is free. And let’s face it, money is a big stressor for a lot of people. You do not need that.
2. You Can Go at Your Own Pace.
I have never heard of a ‘hiking race’ in my entire life. You can move as fast as a champion speed walker racer or as slow as a Santa Cruz slug on your hike. No one will yell at you to be one thing or another. Because you move at your own pace, you mimic life. You feel like you are making progress towards a goal no matter how slow you are moving.
3. It is in Your DNA to be Outdoors.
People are meant to be outside and in nature. Humans need greenery. We cannot function without it. If you have greenery in your life, you feel better and more optimistic.
Whatever you believe, there was once upon a time when humans lived more in nature. This could mean rural villages intermixed with forest, on the savannah as hunter-gathers, and anything else of the sort. Our ancestors spent a lot more time staring up at the stars in wonder than we ever do anymore today. I am sure they felt a lot more relaxed after looking up at the stars or meditating in nature for a bit.
Nothing beats nature in terms of beauty. I am sorry Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo, but it takes hundreds of years to create a giant sequoia. You can see rivers cut through massive canyons, streams rush down mountainsides, avalanches overtake evergreen trees, desert heat scorch the raw earth, and other similar marvels. It is incredible.
You will be sure to bask in awe and see you are part of a bigger picture, no matter how small you may feel.
5. All the Extra Oxygen is Good for You.
I was born premature. The doctors put me in an incubation chamber for a week to compensate. You can find a lot of oxygen in there. Why? My lungs were not ready. The extra oxygen helped my body.
The comparison is useful to think about because you will find a lot of oxygen in proximity to you when you go on a hike. Trees take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen right next to you. If you stay in an office all day, you will find a lot more carbon dioxide than you will oxygen because there is little to no circulation. The air is artificial.
You can find a wide variety of fauna giving off sorts of Oxygen. Extra oxygen makes you happier.
How to Start Hiking on a Regular Basis
Now that you have some reasons to get outdoors. It is time to actually get outside. How do you do that though? You know hiking is good for you, but it can be difficult to get started. Fortunately for you though, this part of the blog post has got you covered.
More Than Likely, You Can Find Nature Where You Live – City Parks
I live in Santa Cruz and I will admit it has more than the usual number of options when it comes to nature. At UC Santa Cruz, it is like going to school at a national park. Nearby I can find Grant Park, Wilder Ranch, Henry Cowells Redwoods State Park, Natural Bridges, and much more.
Think of all the places near you off the top of your head. If you do not want to deal with people right now, you can go to the park when no one else is there. Check the schedule online using Google.
Check Out AllTrails.com for Plenty of Excellent Hikes
You can read reviews, sort by difficulty, and learn how heavily trafficked the trails are. The sire is my go to for finding new trails near me. I cannot recommend them enough. AllTrails.com is an excellent resource. You are sure to find what you are looking for in a few clicks. They have got everything.
Another Option to Consider is Rhodiola
I know it can be difficult to find the time to hike. It happens to me all the time. When I should be outside exploring nature and recovering for the week on a Saturday hike, I am indoors working on homework. I’ll admit it is productive, but the escape is much more important. Sometimes it is easier to pop a pill.
If you want to consider something guaranteed to work, then you should get Rhodiola. This is my go to for daily ‘health pills.’ It has increased my productivity and life outlook. I do not know where I would be without it. I use it every day and it works wonders. Unlike say coffee, you won’t feel any crash or downside. It is subtle but substantial.
As you probably know already, I am a student at UC Santa Cruz. (At least for the time being, I graduate in the Spring :)). The plant has increased my focus and readied my mind even when I did not feel like working.
Rhodiola comes from the root of a plant. It is a perennial flower with a lot of history behind it. The first recorded use of the plant occurred in Greece in 77 AD. While there is little scientific evidence to back it up, you are sure to read countless reviews on Amazon where people attest to its powers. From my research, the plant improves brain function, fights depression, controls diabetes, and improves exercise performance. It, in other words, packs a punch.
Are You Looking to Sit and Enjoy Nature?
You should now be just about set to go. The sunshine awaits you. The trees rustle in the wind. It is magical and rewarding. When you go on a hike or take rhodiola, you will feel better. I guarantee it.
If you are looking to relax a bit on your hike, then it helps to have a portable chair to bring along with you. In a previous article, I lay out The Best Lightweight Folding Camping Chairs of 2019 (I update the ‘best of’ styled articles on an annual basis :)). You are sure to find the one which works just splendid for you. They all are excellent options to consider.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!