It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Major MightyHawk, who can up your confidence and mood, leaving feelings of anxiety to plummet.
Whether it’s yoga or lunges, regular outdoor exercise at places like Hawk Mountain will leave you floating on Cloud Nine. Physical fitness tends to boost self-esteem and improve body image, no matter your weight, age or gender. Exercising in nature boosts it even more.
If you’re the anxious-type, even brief physical activity — say, a ten minute brisk walk — can deliver several hours of anxiety relief, in much the same way a couple Aspirin can relieve a headache.
So, when next Monday seems like a real drag, put the StressMonster in its place with a post-lunch walk around the block. It’s quick, effective, and certainly beats another peanut butter and jelly with a side of lunchroom gossip.
Exercise is great; exercise in nature is even better. Because outdoor physical activity reduces stress beyond that of exercise alone, local parks and trails are great places to fight the StressMonster.
Any amount of exercise is better than none. Just hiking once a week or walking ten minutes a day can reduce stress – especially if you’re starting from zero.
Outdoor physical activity doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient. You can find opportunities to fight the StressMonster outside every day by walking across the park, taking the long route, or parking the car farther away.
Sometimes exercise isn’t enough. Know when you should seek help. The StressMonster is a formidable foe, and sometimes we need the extra help of a health professional for our mental health, just like we sometimes the assistance of doctors for our physical health.