Good morning and happy Monday. I hope you don’t have a case of the Mondays, but if you do, this too shall pass. It has been a crazy few months here in upstate New York and it’s sometimes hard to remember to take time to relax, unwind and disconnect. The past two weekends I have been lucky enough to do just that. We have beautiful views right in our backyard (well some are a 2 hour ride but same thing) so we took full advantage.
A few years ago I may have thought that a day disconnected in nature would be stressful as I used to suffer from FOMO (aka fear of missing out). Now, I use nature as a way to de-stress and connect both with myself and with ones I love (or even new friends). It helps me to be more present in my day to day life. It also challenges me both mentally and physically to be out in nature and if you know me, then you know i’m up for a challenge.
Ok, this ladder was not a challenge but it’s hard to take pictures while scaling a mountain.
Two weekends ago our friend at the gym asked if anyone was up for a hike the following weekend and of course we jumped on that opportunity! We ended up doing a hike in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks known as Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. This hike was just what we needed, long but easy and crisp cool mountain air to breathe some life back into our bodies.
Then, it happened, we got the hiking bug. It is so easy for us all to find reasons not to disconnect but it is super important to do so. You end up learning a lot about yourself and about others that you spend time with. It is comforting to see your phone have NO SERVICE and to know that you can NOT answer emails or calls or text messages. So, we went back to the High Peaks this past weekend. This time it was just my hubby and me. We decided to knock off one more high peak (there are 46 total) known as Giant Mountain. It was a short but difficult hike and we were the first ones to the summit, talk about taking a challenge and crushing it. Now, the views at the top looked like this…
but I would not have wanted to spend the morning with any other person and certainly needed time away from technology and the normal grind. As we hiked down we were greeted by many hikers and rewarding views…
While I may normally talk about nutrition (and yes we packed some #sassyapproved snacks for our trips) it is important for us all to keep our mental health in check as well. Disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with ourselves and friends and family is important for our mental and overall wellbeing. So, I challenge you all to find an activity that allows you to do just this. Maybe it’s not hiking for you and that’s okay! Find an activity (i.e. hiking, crocheting, reading, etc.) that allows you to improve your mental health and reconnect with the things in life that matter.
Ok, let me hear from you!
What are you doing to de-stress?
Do you have any favorite hiking spots that you would recommend?
Have a great Monday and stay sassy this week!