For a stressed-out urbanite in need of a little quiet, a weekend wandering through the Australian Alps is the perfect tonic

The air is crisp and cool, and with each exhale, my breath is transformed into clouds of condensation. On either side of the path, there are lichen-coated rocks, logs sprouting mushrooms, and countless varieties of ferns. Enormous mountain ash trees soar above me. Apart from my footfall and an occasional squawk, the rainforest is silent, and my racing mind stills.

As someone most likely to be found indoors, I forget how soothing a good long walk in the fresh air can be. Research has shown being out in nature restores our brains, boosts our mood, and can also improve mental performance, so it’s clearly something we could and should do more frequently.

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