Want natural stress relief? Pick up the game of golf.

young couple at golf cart enjoying golf benefitsHow does your day look? Pretty busy. Join the club. However, it’s critical to take time for ourselves and to spend a little time outside in nature. What if you could do both at the same time? Given all there is to do in a day, it’s no wonder we’re all so stressed out, but what there is a way to naturally relieve that tension. No anti-anxiety medications or trips to the doctor required. Here’s why golf might be the perfect answer.

Golf Benefits for Stress Relief

Get outdoors.

Life is so busy, we often spent the majority of our time at the office, in the car or at our children’s schools. It can be easy to forget that the outdoors even exist, much less spend time in them. Picking up golf requires you to spend time outside, even if it’s just a few hours. Not only can you pick up some vitamin D, you can also breathe in some fresh air and experience what nature has to offer (ie: birds chirping, light breezes and the beautiful blue sky up above.)

Easy exercise.

Finding time to exercise is another challenge that a lot of us face. By the time you’ve finished a day at work, all you want to do is go home, kick off your shoes and watch your favorite show. Playing golf gets you exercise, but it isn’t strenuous or overly demanding. If you play 18 holes, you’ll accumulate over two miles of walking distance. If you’re lugging your clubs around, you get some weight work in too. What’s not to like about that?

Changes your focus.

Have you thought about meditating or practicing yoga, but just can’t seem to silence your mind? These activities aren’t for everyone, but playing a game of golf can have similar benefits. Focusing on your swings, putting and strategy allows you to think about something other than your job or paying the bills. Having something else to think about can help relieve your stress, even if it’s only for a couple of hours.

So…what are you waiting for? Kick off your new stress relief regimen today. Head to your local public golf course and enjoy a day on the links!