There is a strong connection between increased physical activity with improved mental health. Walking is a great way to achieve your physical activity goals throughout the day. Although walking is a form of physical activity that most everyone of all ages can complete, there is limited research on its relationship with mental health. However the research that is out there is very promising. Depression and walking have ample amounts of research and it appears that walking has a large effect size on depression. Roberson et al concluded from 8 Randomized control trials that walking was an effective intervention for clinical depression. There is also limited research but promising results for walking being used to improve Psychological stress, Psychological well-being, Subjective well being.
Now let us talk about personal experiences. With my patients and clients, I always tell them if I can get you to do anything, I want to get you walking. Walking has so many preventive health benefits and obviously some serious mental health benefits. In my own life walking has become a staple for me when I am feeling down, stress, annoyed, etc. There is nothing better then throwing in some headphones, and taking an hour to get away. Next time you are stressed with school, work, relationships, roommates, kids, etc take a walk and clear your mind.