How convenient is this? Nature is a great stress reliever.

I talked about this on my show the other day, and this is good news for us here in New Hampshire.

According to the Detroit Free Press, spending time in nature can help reduce stress. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that spending just 20 minutes in contact with nature was enough to reduce levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone, the news source reported. That's the same hormone that causes people to gain weight, along with a bunch of other stuff.

I mean you won't even have to walk, either. Just spending 20-30 minutes outdoors sitting (this is more my style) or walking is like being prescribed nature pills. Even I can do this!

The old adage "stop and smell the roses" was right after all.

Since I'm new to New England, I looked up a few places in nature that you might find me:

White Mountain National Forest (which has a bunch of trails)

White mountain national forest
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Franconia Notch State Park (most likely the Lonesome Lake Trail)

See you on the trails. (By the way, this has helped me in dealing with my depression, so getting into nature is definitely something I recommend.)

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