By Kay Stawick, Marion Superior Court
After working for 30 years in law, I can tell you that work-related stress doesn’t leave you at the end of the day. And, it accumulates over time! I and a fellow paralegal who previously worked together ventured into hiking as a method of getting additional exercise. The idea was to simply take a walk in the woods. However, after several weekend visits to various parks, we realized that we needed more than just a walk in the woods and we began searching for less travelled, more rugged kind of trails in a forest or park, which is how we discovered Yellowwood State Forest and the Techumseh Trail.
The Techumseh Trail was created by Hoosier Hikers Council in 1998 and is 42 miles long, beginning at the Morgan-Monroe State Forest, which is 5 miles south of Martinsville. Our favorite section of the trail is very rugged, including a 1-mile incline, straight up.
The trail is rugged with beautiful little forest streams teeming with life. The quiet and peacefulness of the forest, combined with the exertion of hiking, created a wonderful feeling of calm for us. So much so that over the course of the next 3 to 5 months, my friend and I enjoyed 10 to 13 mile hikes once a week.
So if you work in a high-stress job, be it hiking, biking, skydiving, or whatever interest you might have, find something that allows you to clear your mind! It creates a calm that sustains you through the most stressful times.
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