Studies show that 75{b3b47b4ce3613a8ae866741a21452b80454d4cde38f39b62399bbbfc1a1a9f3e} of Australian employees believe workplaces should support employees who are experiencing depression due to work-related stress. Mental health is the key to productivity. Continuous work induces stress that can lead to psychological and physical problems. To overcome this situation, employees should take the occasional vacation. Hiking and trekking will be the best ways to refresh your mind. So when it feels low, pack your outdoor gears and take a refreshing journey. Such journeys will refresh the mind and make them more productive at their workplace. 

Causes of work stress– Decision-making processes without employee suggestions and poor communication with employees will result in increased work stress. Increased market demands can lead to more work responsibilities with a limited timeline. It could ultimately lead to work stress. Workers who feel not supported by their co-workers and employers are more prone to work stress. Lack of family-friendly policies can lead to a work-life imbalance that could increased stress. Career concerns such as job insecurity or lack of advancement in opportunities can also lead to stress. Some jobs will have stressful situations and personal risk every day, long term involvement in such jobs are also a stress factor.

Effects of work stress– Work stress can cause both psychological and physical disorders at the same time. Work stress can cause psychological problems like depression, seizure and panic attacks. Stress also affects employees productivity. Physical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, ulcers, Musculoskeletal disorders can be caused by stress. Stress also leads to sleeplessness, which causes headaches and tiredness.

Benefits of Hiking– Hiking is beneficial for both mental and physical health. Long-term office work can cause fatigue; you will spend hours or even days on the hiking trails. By carrying a backpack into the mountains, you are spending anything between 400 and 550 calories an hour. Trekking and hiking will make you stronger both mentally and physically. While trekking, the heart has to pump more blood. This improves blood flow and oxygen flow. Trekking through dense rainforests or mountains where you get fresh and clean air will help make your lungs healthier. Being out in nature will help to calm the mind. Trekking will be a way to understand the local culture. Guided trekking will let you learn a lot about the history and culture of that place. Trekking takes multiple days or even weeks; you will spend a lot of time with the people you just met. It will help to make new friends from various culture and character.

Gears for perfect Hike– A perfect hike can be determined by how well you prepared for it. Hiking requires a lot of physical strength. Thus one should always choose outdoor gears which are both of good quality and performance. Use good quality Hiking shoes and backpacks because these will be the most used throughout the hike. You need these two throughout the hiking, so the quality and performance of these should meet your requirement. Sleeping mats and sleeping bags are to be carried for taking better rest after long hikes. These should choose in such a way that it gives enough comfort but not taking too much space. Carrying walking poles helps to go longer distances and can be used to guide in water or snow. Always remember to take a knife and multi-tools that will come in handy during the hike. Carry enough nutrients. If hiking takes places where water is not very easy to get, then carry enough water also. Use headlights, handheld torches and lanterns to get enough light at night. Camp kitchenwares can make cooking easy during the hike.