The Mental Health Benefits of Hiking

In Los Angeles, we’re fortunate to have parks and public lands that provide trails. Many on our NAMI WLA team enjoy hiking for the physical and mental health benefits. Exercise and time in nature = a double dose of goodness for our overall wellbeing.

“Hiking is proven to have many health benefits, ranging from physical exercise you get when out on the trail, to emotional or mental relief that comes from being in nature….” More on the benefits of hiking (National Park Service)

“…the many mental benefits of hiking can put you in a better mood and help with depressive thoughts. My experience is just that, an experience, which came alongside therapy. Now that I have overcome my darkest stage, I see how hiking prevents me from falling back….” More in How Hiking Helped My Depression (NAMI)

“…escaping in nature allows us to leave that world behind. Hiking decreases our ‘stress hormone’. Moreover it changes the computer images in our minds with the sense of wonder for nature….” More from How hiking is good for your wellness and mental health (Thrive)

“Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety…” More from How Hiking is Good for Body and Mind (WebMD)

Read more about the mental health benefits of nature.