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Mental Health Charity Encourages Public to Go Hiking

Turn2Me, a national mental health charity, has spoken about the mental health benefits of
hiking, which include a reduction in stress levels and calming anxiety. Turn2Me stated that
being around nature can also improve our mood, so walking outside or hiking is preferable
to the treadmill.
“Many people don’t feel very motivated to go for a walk or a hike when it’s miserable
outside,” Fiona O’Malley, CEO of Turn2Me, said, “But living in Ireland, we should expect
poor weather and it shouldn’t be a deterrent if you have windproof and waterproof clothes.
Absorbing the sights, smells and sounds of nature can significantly improve our mood.
Although in poor weather, it can take an extra level of motivation to force yourself to leave
the house, you never feel worse after a long walk or a hike. You always feel better, less
tense, and more relaxed after a hike.”
Hiking and walking naturally boosts endorphin levels, which improve our feelings of
happiness. Turn2Me stated that hiking can also improve our sleep and lower blood
A Stanford University study found that ‘people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area
/ trail, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, have less
ruminating and repetitive thoughts focused on negative emotions.’
Turn2Me offers adults living in Ireland up to six free counselling sessions; unlimited paid
counselling sessions; and unlimited support groups on anxiety, depression, grief, and
relationship issues. To sign up for these services, go to