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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Find your Own State of Independence in Pennsylvania

by  Jennifer Scott

Living in Pennsylvania has its ups and down. On one hand, winter gets cold. Fast. On the other, the spring, summer, and fall months offer unrivaled beauty and comfortable temperatures to get out and experience life to the fullest. This is especially important if you’re recovering from depression or a substance abuse disorder. Read on for a few ways your home state can help you live, laugh, love and reconnect with yourself and your family.

A day away

They Keystone State offers more than 46,000 square miles of opportunity to get away from it all. Rolling hills, vast expanses of farmland, coastal cabins, and mountain resorts abound throughout the state. The Poconos Mountains provide open air adventures that the entire family can enjoy. Trips to Discover highlights the diverse range of accommodations available in this post and points out hiking, biking, and ziplining as just a handful of activities that can be enjoyed in the mountains.

Time with the kids

Looking to reconnect with your smallest family members after a bout with depression or addiction? Look no further than Hershey. The birthplace of the iconic candy brand is home to Hershey’s Chocolate World (of course!) along with ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and Indian Echo Caverns. The latter of the attractions offer families the chance to get back to nature while learning about the history and geology of the state.

Romantic retreats

There is no better way to beat depression than to spend time with your partner. Pennsylvania offers dozens of romantic B&Bs tucked away in all four corners of the state. Spending time sans kids with your spouse or partner builds intimacy, trust, and sets a positive example for your children’s future relationships. As an added bonus, there is mounting evidence to suggest that long-term relationships are good for your mental and physical health. The British Medical Journal notes that women especially enjoy improved mental health when in a caring and compassionate partnership. Likewise, men tend to be healthier overall when they are committed and in a positive relationship.

It’s a dog’s life

Did you know that your dog can help you overcome addiction and other mental health conditions? explains that time outdoors with Fido can increase your oxytocin levels, reduce your blood pressure, and even improve your sleeping habits. Pennsylvania’s Poe Paddy State Park even offers overnight camping opportunities for you and your dog to stretch your legs and become one (okay, two) with nature.

Hello healthy

There are more than 30 State Parks in Pennsylvania (click here for a full list provided by the National Parks Service). All this open area means you have plenty of opportunities to get outside, which, according to Harvard Medical School, can make you healthier. Being outdoors, the previously linked publication asserts, will boost your vitamin D levels, improve your focusing abilities, and even bolster recover from accidents and injuries.

A solo sojourn

If you want to be happier and healthier but don’t always want to brave the elements, you’re in luck. Pennsylvania is a haven for those who enjoy cultural experiences, theater, and history. Visiting a museum, for instance, can help perpetuate recovery from depression, says a study cited in The National. For your daily dose of culture, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, or the State Museum of Pennsylvania. These are excellent places to visit when you need to get away from the stress of daily life. And, when you want to be alone, these attractions make the perfect independent outing.

You don’t have to live with depression, addiction, anxiety, or alcoholism. Your road to recovery begins with you and how you utilize the tools at hand and your environment. Thankfully, if you live in the Quaker State, you are never far from an opportunity to improve your overall well-being.


Anonymous said...

Pennsylvania also has the highest gas tax in the country, not to mention school tax that has to be paid also.

Unknown said...

True that

Anonymous said...

lol. about the article

Anonymous said...

@4:52, here is something I thought I'd never say....I'm glad I live near the NY state border so I can go there to fill up my vehicles with gas.