Pack hiking is defined as the outdoor recreation of carrying gear on one's back while hiking for more than a day. While it needn’t be an extended journey, it is about self-sufficiency and challenging yourself in the great outdoors. All that you need in a pack for a weekend adventure, small, like-minded social groups, and the expansiveness of natural spaces; so, why is this answer to overcoming anxiety?
Let’s start with WHY.
WHY ARE WE ALL SO ANXIOUS?
It’s no secret that the Pandemic has had, and continues to, have a significant impact on the Mental Health of the entire world. The past 21months in Melbourne have seen us take the title of the most lockdown city in the world and with ruinous consequences.
A survey by the Australian Bureau of statistics on the Household Impacts of COVID-19, in particular, the Emotional and mental wellbeing found:
One in five (20%) Australians experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress
Almost one in three (30%) younger Australians (aged 18 to 34 years) experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress, compared with 18% of people aged 35 to 64 years and 10% of people aged 65 years and over.
More people living in Victoria (27%) experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress compared with the rest of Australia (18%).
The stress response in relation to the ongoing lockdowns, financial worries, uncertainty, community divide, and isolation; particularly those living alone is connected to and exacerbates conditions of generalised anxiety, depression, and sleep problems.
The exhaustion felt worldwide is compounded with people adapting to new ways of living. Working from home whilst homeschooling our children, loss of income, and disconnect from our community and important nature.
THE NEED FOR NATURE
70% of the world’s population lives in cities or urban areas.