Being a student, it’s hard to balance your social, academic, recreational, and personal lives. From having multiple assignments, meetings, work, and a social life, it can be very difficult to fit in activities that interest you. One of the activities that is a great way to relieve stress from these factors and also stay fit, is hiking. It involves a low cost and anyone is able to participate. It is a great activity for the whole family or even just yourself when you need some time alone.
Cataraqui Creek – An Escape Within Nature
One hike that I particularly enjoyed was at Cataraqui Creek which is located in Kingston, On. It was a path that had many different hills, rocks, trees, and bridges. It was one of the less strenuous hikes I have been on which made it nice to take photos of the surrounding area. On this hike, we stumbled upon some unique tree stumps which appeared to have been carved out by someone for a place to rest. There were also lots of different bird species and even a trail that you could feed them on. There were many different trails to go on, all which had a different amount of kilometers. We decided to take the longest one which was nine kilometers and went around the entire creek. It took us about 2 hours and that included some water and snack breaks.
Rock Dunder – A (Rocky) Climb!
Another hike I found interesting was the Rock Dunder hike which is located in Morton, On. This was a more challenging hike as it was very hilly and involved getting on your hands and knees to climb hills and underneath branches. At the halfway point, there was a small abandon cabin, a small fire pit, and benches which was a nice rest spot for a water break. Along the way to the finish, there were multiple spots to view the beautiful Rideau waterway. At the end of the hike, there was large rock plateau which provided the view of the lake and surrounding forests. It was a great spot to catch some pictures and socialize with other hikers who came from far distances. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.
The reason I enjoy hiking is because it gets everything off your mind and you almost enter a whole new world. Being in nature allows your body to rejuvenate and connect with your inner self. Realizing how big the world is, you truly find what is important to you and how much you should show gratitude for what you have.
Are there any activities that you pursue in when you are feeling bogged down with daily commitments? When you are stressed out, what are your coping strategies? Tell me about it in the comment area.
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There are many different strategies to cope with stress – one of them being hiking. Read more about my two favourite hiking locations in the Kingston and surrounding area: http://bit.ly/2BZVEjP
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with daily tasks, commitments, and projects. That’s why it’s important to take time for yourself and try and see the bigger picture. Hiking is a great way to immerse yourself in nature and de-stress yourself. Read more about my top locations here: http://bit.ly/2BZVEjP