Backpack hiking may be your answer. Could you benefit from some disconnect-from-the-world therapy? Our jobs, family commitments and basic adult pressures make us prone to health-related illnesses both mental and physical. Are you anxious and stressed? Do you pack so much in a 17 hour period every day that your heart can barely catch up with your mind? Your body organs become overworked. You can make changes if you understand how simple it could be. Are you willing to consider the power of nature?
Small Hiking Backpack Can Produce Big Results
A hiking pack plus a day in the outdoors turned out to be just what the Dr. ordered. When I was in my late 20's I had some stress issues that I really did not want to take medication for. My doctor suggested yoga or meditation. I felt kind of silly sitting on a mat in the gym or on my living room floor trying to not be distracted. Sure enough, the phone would ring or someone would come to the door and my attempt at relaxation was aborted. After that happened a couple times, I could see that I might be in the right church, just the wrong pew. I knew I had to think outside the box and take this to another level by going where calmness would outweigh anxiety...in nature!
Backpack Bags, Lunch and No Tech Devices
My hiking bag was packed and as I drove to a local hiking area, I had a sense of anticipation. It was different than the sense of dread I felt getting that darn exercise mat out. My daypack hiking mat seemed to have magical powers that alluded to something positive instead. As I started to hike the trail, I promised myself to be aware of my mind and body with every step. The first thing I noticed was how my breathing of the fresh air was stimulating. The hiking pack was the only weight I felt on my shoulders, and it wasn't heavy like the weight I had been carrying around psychologically lately. I felt a sense of being re-charged and capable, not overwhelmed. My heartbeat was steady with some elevation from my movement, but not the scary thumping I had been experiencing. I found a place to spread out my mat overlooking some gorgeous pine trees, blue skies and a meadow with a hint of wildflowers scattered here and there. I placed myself in my meditation position with my phone ringer off and deep into my outdoor backpack, only brought along in case I needed the GPS element. I didn't close my eyes to shut out the world for a visual picture as suggested in traditional meditation. With eyes wide open, I had all I needed right smack in front of me. I luxuriated in the quiet unmistakable beauty of everything around me.
Backpack Hiking - A Link To Extraordinary Meditation
Lightweight backpack hikes, surrounded by nature, are ideal in regularly practiced meditation. The outdoors has helped millions of people ease chronic pain, anxiety, and stress. It has improved heart health, boosted mood and your immune system. Long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged. Don't just take my word for it, check out this detailed article;
Do you agree that you could benefit from being in nature where the exceptional views absorb your innermost thoughts? It is doubtful that the same level of serenity will happen in your backyard on a blanket, but for times when you can't get away for a backpack hiking, it could be the occasional filler if there are no neighbors, barking dogs or street noises.
Camping Backpack Hiking Extends Your Zen
For the ultimate re-boot in life, try camping overnight. Sensory stimulation from things like firelight, the sound of crickets, the twinkle of stars; they all have positive effects on your brain. I suspect that millions of people rely on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds and excessive alcohol or drugs for a synthetic "high." While I realize and respect that medication is vital in some cases, and addiction is a real thing, my biggest wish is that anyone stressed, worried, anxious or depressed would slip on a hiking bag and give nature a try. An open non-skeptical mind would be a great beginning to something powerful. You could start with a small daypack hike and work up to an overnight camping backpack trip. Some outdoor enthusiasts swear by solo hikes and others enjoy sharing the experience with a friend or loved one. Both are equally rewarding when it comes to experiencing the zen of Mother Nature. Happy hiking =happy life.