If your life is anything like me, you could always use a new way to reduce stress.  I love to read the latest research and found this very interesting article today from  Marie Ellis on Medical News Today. The article discusses a study conducted by the University of Michigan that found that participating in group nature walks can actually lower depression, reduce stress, and strengthen mental well-being.


Who would have guessed that going for a walk with a couple of friends outside could help in all these ways?!  It seems that there are many studies that are finding walking, especially in nature, has benefits for all of us.  It can boost creativity and give you the break you need in your busy day.Walking together in nature is a powerful and low-cost stress buster


As one researcher, Dr. Weber, says, 
”Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise, and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster. ”


That is reason enough for me to find a group of friends and go for a walk!  What could be better than getting exercise, enjoying the scenery, and bonding with your friends or family? Stress, depression, and just feeling overwhelmed can take a toll on our work, our relationships, and our physical health.  And we spend a lot of time and energy trying to fix those things when it turns out that one of the best solutions is free and easy to do.


So, the next time you’re feeling down ask yourself…  have you walked today?