April is Stress Awareness Month. National Walking Day – April 6th
Stress. We all have it in varying degrees. When stress starts to overwhelm, one of the recommended solutions it to simply take a walk. So, it makes sense to us that National Walking Day is April 6th – at the start of Stress Awareness Month.
Let’s just start out by inviting you to join the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce staff for a walk around the Beaverton Business Loop.
We will leave from the Chamber offices (12600 SW Crescent St, Suite 160, Beaverton OR 97005) at 11am and walk The Loop: south on SW Watson; crossing over at SW 5th to SW Hall, then turning north and heading back towards the Chamber office. The 1.3-mile loop is an easy stroll and will pass by many eateries, coffee and other beverage businesses, retail stores, and the main Library.
Not an urban walker?
Naturally Nature and the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. Take a walk on the (almost) wild side! Tualatin Hills Nature Park offers a woodsy setting and a place to catch a little Zen in the middle of your busy day. Wheelchair accessible and family-friendly, it allows you to daytrip without leaving town.
Looping around a lake sound good?
Take a walk at Commonwealth Lake Park. As noted on the website, thdrp.org, “Walkers and bikers enjoy the paved, flat trail – about .8 miles around – that surrounds the lake. Benches and picnic benches are available at the park, which is a favorite spot for bird watchers and photographers seeking out Great Blue Herons, Cedar Waxwings, and Green Herons, as well as a variety of waterfowl.”
Did you know that the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce has Walking, Nature and Trail maps available for free? Stop by and pick one up – and then get to steppin’!
Other ways to manage stress: Eat Well
Stress eating is real. Crunching is one way to chomp out the frustration. One easy way to crunch well is pick up a salad from Evergreens Salad. Fresh, crunchy salads cause one to slow down to chew. A break from the rush-routine goes a long way in diffusing daily stress. Not to mention, salads are tasty, too! Evergreens, conveniently located in Cedar Hills Crossing (2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd Suite 120, Beaverton, OR 97005) offers delivery, too. Check out their seasonal menu at evergreens.com
Bond with your pet
Pets feel your stress too! Take time to take Fido for a walk, spend a few moments playing “cat and mouse” with Fluffy, or hang out in a hammock with your pet lizard. Breaking attention away from the stress environment, even if only for 15 minutes, can bring relief for you and your furry (or scaly!) friend.
Whether it is walking, hiking, singing, dancing, crunching or hanging out with the critters, the best way to break the cycle of stress is to take a break!
For more information about these and other Chamber partner businesses, visit our website at beaverton.org