Research shows that a 60-minute walk in nature can be a preventive measure against developing mental health problems.
Singapore may be known for its towering skyscrapers and bustling city life but amidst it is actually an untamed nature that is great for those who want to get up close and personal with nature. Studies show that living in cities greatly affects the mental health of many individuals. In fact, those who are living in urban areas are found to have higher risks of developing mental health concerns.
Going for a walk in the rugged hiking trails of Singapore or simply walking around the streets of the city for at least an hour can help decrease the activity in the brain region which is directly involved in stress processing. Doing this can help prevent the development of mental health problems and buffer the not-so-good effect of city life.
Best Hiking Destinations in Singapore to Relieve Your Stress
As a garden city, there are actually tons of nature trails that you can visit around Singapore. Get up close and personal with the greenery set against majestic heritage and native trees around the country. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a beginner in the outdoors, these trails are totally great for you!
- Windsor Nature Park
Situated near Sin Ming Avenue, Windsor Nature Park is one of the newest hiking destinations to explore in Singapore – especially, if you want to experience a combination of wildlife, marshland, boardwalks, and a little bit of challenging terrain. This is part of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Singapore’s oldest reservoir.
As it is fairly close to highly populated areas, it is easily accessible by public transport or by car. Spanning 75 hectares in total, you can choose among the numerous trails available in the area. There’s the Hanguana Trail and Drongo Trail which are ideal for those who want a chill hike and the Venus Loop and Venus Walk for those who are up for the little challenge brought about by uneven dirt tracks.
- Green Corridor
Yep, you’ve read it right! You can take a quick hike in this hidden gem tucked from the busy eyes of many Singaporeans. If you’ve reached this part, this is your sign to take a stroll along Singapore’s historic railway – one that was used to transport goods from Malaysia to Singapore and vice-versa.
As it is mostly flat ground, it is great for those who want an easy hike. To get here, you just take bus 66/151/170/171 at the Bukit Timah Road bust stop then alight at Bukit Timah Road, King Albert Park (B42061).
- Pasir Ris Park Mangrove
For sure, you’re familiar with this hiking destination. While the carpark of Pasir Ris Park is set to be developed into public housing, this green space will remain as a nature corridor that is linked to the wildlife habitats of Paya Lebar Air Base and Pulau Ubin.
With its scenic view, you can surely distress as you explore the six-hectare mangrove forest on boardwalks. The 1.5km network of trails will lead you to meaningful encounters with various wildlife, like the clan of Pasir Ris otters, kingfisher, and macaques. There’s also the Maze Garden that you can navigate to add challenge to your hike.
To get there, you can simply take the train going to Pasir Ris MRT Station and take that ten-minute walk to get to Pasir Ris Park.
- Mount Imbiah Nature Trail
While Sentosa is best known for its beaches and fun activities, it also houses several hiking trails that are great for nature therapy. If you can’t stand the unbearable heat of Singapore but still want to try hiking then Mount Imbiah Nature Trail is such a great tradeoff. Its 2.3km trail provides a rough road terrain leading to the forested part of the island that is covered by leaves and a canopy of trees. Along the route, you will see three natural waterfalls – Sentosa’s best-kept secret.
Explore further and you will be directed to Singapore’s coastal defenses way back in WWII: a 10-meter-tall tower that gives a clear view of the ocean, heavy artillery cannons, and many other remembrances of Singapore’s historic past.
If you feel tired of all the responsibilities, don’t hesitate to turn off your computer, strap on your hiking gear, and quickly visit one of the trails mentioned above. Remember, life is too short to be consumed by work. Don’t forget to live your life.
Let the adventure begin!