Many of the hikes during my last trip were neither in the forest or near large bodies of water. However, some elements of both were present everywhere. Even in the midst of the desert, there was beauty that left me feeling a sense of renewal. This was a time for me to reflect on my life and process problems that were making me feel unsettled. Often, I felt inspired or gained a new sense of clarity. Allowing the time and space to leave daily life behind and focus on yourself is vital.
Take a step in your healing journey
You may not be ready to take a hike, but you can take one significant step toward healing by reaching out to Restorative Counseling to schedule an appointment. Each clinician has experience in working with people from all walks of life to process through the grief, stress, or daily hassles that can lead to feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next.
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