What do you do when you’re stressed and ready to run away from the world? Perhaps you retreat into your home with a good book or hit the gym to work out your anxiety. Whatever your method, it’s always a good idea to change things up a bit. And if you live in the Keystone state, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to relax, unwind, and watch stress fade into oblivion. Here are a few suggestions: Soak up the sun Even when the weather's cool, the sun keeps things nice and bright. And since exposure to Vitamin D has been proven to provide a significant mood boost, there are few things better for your mental health than a day soaking up the sun. Consider renting a boat at one of the many charters along the shores of Lake Erie. Before you go, make sure you understand boating safety and local regulations, which can be found here on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ website. If you prefer to stick closer to land, Pennsylvania boasts plenty of lake-view, land-based activities. There are dozens of beaches dotting the perimeter of the state’s lakes. Presque Isle State Park alone features 11 gorgeous beaches – and Pennsylvania State Parks don’t charge admission fee, so you can take in the sights, sounds, and serenity for free. Check out Poe Valley’s beach if spending the day with kids, as it has a large playground within feet of its shallow waters. Head to the woods Pennsylvania is known for its many state parks, most of which feature exceptional woodland hiking trails. Behavioral Wellness & Recovery recommends spending time outdoors to combat stress. An added benefit of hiking is that it provides an invigorating workout that can be tailored to your fitness level and comfort in the woods. Thankfully, there isn’t a shortage of cabins that you can rent throughout the state and make a long weekend retreat out of your outdoor adventure. To say there are dozens of great trails throughout Pennsylvania would be a gross underestimation. There are hundreds places to explore the state’s flora and fauna. Whether you’re looking for a running trail, a wheelchair-accessible path, or an out-of-the-way area to enjoy an equine adventure, you have plenty of options. Studies have shown that hikers are among some of the happiest people on Earth and consistently exhibit stress mitigation skills that far surpass their non-trailblazing friends. Even taking a walk once a week provides noticeable results so there’s no excuse for not strapping on your boots. Feed your mind with history Sometimes, the best way to escape the stress of today is to look at yesterday. Pennsylvania’s rich history has been preserved in numerous sites throughout the state. Eckley Miners’ Village is one such location. This mid-19th century mining town has been restored and clearly illustrates what life was like in the 1800s. Roadside America reports that fewer than 20 people now call the village home and notes the Visitor Center offers more information about the history of its 30 buildings. No mention of historic attractions would be complete without including Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Touted as the birthplace of America, Independence Hall is famously known as the location where the U.S. Constitution was first penned. Other notable historic sites include the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Valley Forge National Historical Park. An added benefit of visiting these national treasures is having the opportunity to learn something new, and learning is associated with greater optimism, overall life satisfaction, and mental well-being. No matter how you choose to calm your mind and soothe your soul, the important thing is that you take time for yourself. Whether hiking, boating, or learning about the life and times of our forefathers, your mind and body need a break from the stress of day-to-day life. And Pennsylvania’s diverse range of activities means you’ll never be without a positive outlet.