‘The mind had to be first about the body, or it could not have been’

We already know about the positive impact of exercise on the brain and body but more research is coming out about how time spent in nature affects our mental health and wellbeing. This one here, found that people who went on a 90-min walk through a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and showed reduced neural activity in an area of the brain linked to risk for mental illness compared with those who walked through an urban environment. The message of the study was that natural areas may be vital for mental health especially for people that live in urban areas. Hiking is a big part of my life and anytime I find myself in a mood or need to clear my head I take a walk and 9 times out of 10, I feel better. It is sometimes that easy! I will share some of my favorite hikes in CT and New England. I hope you get a chance to get outside, regardless of the season, and experience the clarity, joy and peace that nature offers!