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My preferred method of stress relief is to drive up into the woods and either hang out in my truck or go for a walk. I’ll stay in when it’s cold, but if it’s warm and there’s no snow then I’ll wander the trails.

I think it’s beneficial to spend alone time in nature because it gives you a chance to ponder your thoughts and come up with ideas to solve certain problems in your life.

As Montanans, we are lucky to have such an abundance of hiking trails and mountain roads to explore. Though, spending time alone with yourself in a remote area can sometimes take its toll if you’re unequipped to deal with your negative thoughts.

Instead, bring a friend and vent to them about current issues you’re dealing with. It’s also always a good idea to bring snacks and water, especially if you end up lost. Try to stick to paths and roads that you know; do research with a map to find out what leads where.

Megan McInnis,


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