4 Ways to Let Nature De-Stress You
Four great ways for urban-dwellers to get back into nature and regain sanity (with NYC-specific tips).
Whether you’re aware of the hiking opportunities that surround the city you live in or not, there are undoubtedly incredible trails that many people don’t take advantage of. I love hiking because it not only brings stress relief but it strengthens key muscles in the hips, legs and torso and keeps me feeling healthy. Google the local Parks & Recreation government agency in your area, and ask them where to find marked hiking trails near you.
One of my favorite hikes near NYC is called Anthony’s Nose, which is about 50 miles from the city. It’s 2.6 miles up the trail and back and takes about 2.5 hours. It’s a steep, short climb with a stunning view of the Hudson River at the summit. There are alternative/easier trails to explore as well, like:
- Central Park’s Pond to Reservoir path and The Rumble trail
- Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens
- Midwood Trail in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Audubon Center
- Cass Gallagher Nature Trail and John Kieran Nature Trail in the Bronx’s Cortlandt Park
Great for families, solo journeys and visitors.
Not into hiking? Here are a few more ideas: