1. Relieve Stress
All of us have something else on our minds right now, whether it be work, school, or relationships. The tendency of these things is to drive us up the wall. Work forces us to answer to person we don’t necessarily like and confront the idiocy of customers. School forces us to learn lessons and material that does not always coincide with the way the world works. Relationships, whether they are family or friends, are not automatically reciprocal; it can be a burden at times to deal with them.
A hike, though, draws your focus away from that. You take in the sounds of birds, the ruffle of leaves, and the slow trickle of a stream. A breeze comes by that fills you with relief. Only the moment matters on a hike. Work, school, and relationships fade away. All that you worry about is moving down the path.
2. Nature Will Humble You
Nature humbles you. The plants and animals before you are ancient. They existed long before you came on the scene and will continue to exist after you are gone. Life existed for millions of years and Earth for even longer. Humans have only been around for a fraction of the time. Trees, such as redwoods, tower over you, causing you to gasp in awe of their majesty. Over the course of millions of years, trees developed and evolved such that to make them suitable to their environment. That is persistence.
On a hike, you come to realize that you are part of something bigger than yourself. Frankly, that is beautiful. You do not have to worry about a giant ego in the woods. Compared to the size of the trees and animals around you, you’re small. While initially, it seems disheartening, it is a relief to know. Now all you need to focus on is getting to where you need to go.
3. Warm Your Spirit
There is something refreshing about a hike. It feels good to be moving forward. With problems at home and elsewhere, you’re not always doing so, but on a hike you are certain of it. Walking is one of the simplest things a person can do. No matter your size, weight, or gender, you can always make progress by walking. Through this straightforward exercise, you realize that life is not about the rat race, but what it takes to get to where you want to go.
All of the prophets of the major religions ventured into nature at some point. Why? Because of the introspection generated. In today’s constant attention grabbing world, there is nearly no introspection. It is something to be prized and cherished.
Self-reflection is one of the most powerful tools to grow yourself and you can do that on a hike. You are only focused on walking on a hike. Doing so puts your mind at ease. On top of that, you will have insights when you take a step back. You start to see things from a broader perspective.
5. Beauty finds You in Nature
Second to last, beauty is an excellent reason to go hiking right now. The size of trees is astonishing; they go from the size of a pine cone to something you cannot even wrap your arms around. The feel of their bark is something to touch. It can be furry and hard, all at the same time. Bird chirps are magical to put your ear to. They dance through your ears for you to behold their notes and rhythm.
Finally, this is one extra reason to go hiking. You are going to pass from this Earth one day. Whether you are burned, cremated, or tossed, you will return to the Earth. Do you really want to spend most of your time behind a desk when you can discover yourself and the world outside?