Earlier today, I hiked over seven miles on a series of trails at Huntsville State Park. Rays of sun pierced the tree branches to illuminate the forest. Leaves rustled in the strong breeze to produce a soothing, white noise. The solitude that I found during my visit provided the time I needed to disengage thoughts that often cause me distress. While standing all alone on a path composed of sand and pine needles, I closed my eyes and listened to the birds chirping in the distance. I could hear the sound of my own breathing and truly felt at peace. Moments like that are an antidote to life’s frustrations and disappointments. Hiking is an invaluable form of self-care that reinvigorates me.