During the busy holiday season it is easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle. It is simple to think that everyone is full of cheer when we are inundated by holiday parties and festivities. However, many of us may be dealing with unseen challenges. These short days can affect our psyche; seasonal affective disorder, also known as seasonal depression, is a real thing. Nearly 5% of the population is affected and women tend to see higher incidences than men. Fortunately, there is a remedy and it can be found right outside your door!
Numerous studies show that being outside in nature has a profound influence on one’s mental health. Short term memory, decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increased self-esteem and even benefits for your vision have been documented.
So, what’s the answer for these feeling of sadness during the short, cold days of winter? Snowshoeing! Snowshoeing is the perfect medicine for a case of the winter blues and is a great way to see Park City. Unlike skiing, snowshoeing is less demanding. No need for expensive equipment or lift ticket and forget about the stresses if you have a previous injury. The low impact nature of snowshoeing is the perfect winter activity.
When you’re snowshoeing you’re at your own pace. Maybe you love leisurely strolls through peaceful evergreen forests; taking time to notice how shafts of sunlight illuminate the trail ahead of you. Or perhaps you love to feel your body warm, your skin becoming moist with perspiration as you steadily climb; your heart beating the perfect rhythm as views of snowy valleys fall to the horizon.
No matter your pace preference or level of physical conditioning, snowshoeing allows you to destress at your own pace. If you are apprehensive about the technicalities of snowshoeing, there is no need to increase your level of anxiety. Why not hire a guide? The team at All Seasons Adventures will take care of you start to finish. Simply dress for the weather. We will pick up you, outfit you in high-end snowshoes and you can take in our surroundings as your professional, friendly guide is there to lead the way. The holidays are a stressful time; let us help get you out in the sunshine and maybe you’ll even leave with a fresh perspective.