Day pack hiking is most likely put on the back burner during the holidays, yet we probably need the peace more now than any other season. There have been hectic parties, shopping, gift wrapping and anxious moments at family gatherings that have us wishing we could just zone out and regroup. Hiking enthusiasts know how to achieve peace in nature. Others need to have open minds to the options. Let’s explore what paths could lead to the elusive relaxation we all strive to attain, simply by hiking.
Finding Peace In Nature Is Not Difficult
I believe we need to work towards peace on earth one person at a time, beginning with ourselves. Many people swear by the ocean’s waves, the perfect road trip or the best day spa. None of those answers are wrong depending on your individual “happy place.” Being an outdoor lover, or becoming one, the chances are likely that your place for peace will be within nature.
The Sound of Water Is Music Outdoors
Day pack hiking trips involving waterfalls are so serene because they seem to put you in a state of calm. White noise and sleep machines are often used to create artificial water sounds to relax the senses. Crashing waves, rambling brooks and even raindrops on metal roofs have the ability to put our minds into a calm and contented state.
You can research online to find a few local spots where waterfalls or creek beds exist in a natural setting. You could enjoy a short hike there and then relax with a blanket or on a flat rock. Unless you have tried this, it may be difficult to comprehend just how soothing and personal your alone time can be and the great benefits you can enjoy within the outdoors.
Day Pack Explorations – Scenic Hiking Views
What you see can directly impact your mood, your stress level and your sense of well being. Guided imagery has been found to provide significant stress reduction benefits and is used to help those who suffer from anxiety and management of stress.
But what would happen if you were to combine mild aerobic exercise, such as hiking, with a panoramic view? Imagine the benefits to you mentally and physically. It is even stated that pleasing views help us get in touch with deeper levels of wisdom (held on a subconscious level). There have been studies demonstrating the health benefits of imagery as being a powerful aide in stress reduction, tension relief and depression.
Therefore, witnessing eye-pleasing subjects such as beautiful forests, mountains, rock formations, rainbows,wildflowers… it stands to reason that the mental impact would be far superior to an image or picture. The possibilities of visual stimulation are endless on the hiking trail. Photographing the beautiful outdoors you encounter can help when you are home and unable to go hiking.
Day Pack Hikes And Their Stimuli
Blind people hear music in the simplest of forms when they are outdoors. The rustling of leaves on the trees when the wind blows, the birds that sing, the crackling wood from a tree branch falling, a babbling brook…these can all be a symphony to the listener. When you are hiking pay attention to the many sounds you hear because it’s one of nature’s privileges when you are outdoors.
Wildlife Calls In The Great Outdoors
Wildlife calls are my favorite. Once you hike a few times you will soon begin to pick up on all the sounds of nature. Before long you’ll be able to identify what you are hearing. If you are new to hiking, take it all in when you spend moments taking breaks. Recording noises on your phone and researching them once you return home can actually be loads of fun. Listen to your own breathing as you accelerate your pace. City noises pale in comparison to the call of nature that is all there for you to experience on your hikes.
Aromatherapy Amid Pines
Day backpack hikes will lead you to all kind of scents, some not so great, but most are heavenly. I love a good massage after a long hike, and yes my muscles love that method of relaxation. But ,once aromatherapy becomes part of the massage I can truly feel my body and my senses calming. I am particularly fond of lavender, in fact I grow some in my garden every summer.
During outdoor hikes, I am totally taken in with the smell of pines, especially the Ponderosa pines of the southwest and parts of southern Canada. A great trail in the forest is my absolute favorite place to hike. I also love the way the earth smells after a rain shower. Wildflowers and blossoms on berry bushes also treat my olfactory senses to fabulous smells. I even like the odor of wet leaves on the ground. Mountain air cannot be described, but it is totally pleasing like crisp Fall air even when it’s not Fall. Next time you hike, pay attention to the odors in the air. Chances are they will calm you as well as your visuals and sounds.
Day Pack Hiking is the Complete Package
Day pack outdoor hiking expeditions are honestly something I can’t fathom why anyone would NOT want to try. The benefits are numerous. Even if you have hiked before, after you read this, chances are you will find yourself more keenly aware of the sights, sounds and smells of Mother Nature. At Nature Trail Backpacks, we welcome comments below about your discoveries and encounters with the senses on your hiking missions. Happy hiking!