We all have our struggles with negative feelings. Some people more than other, but we all find ourselves in a tough spot sometimes.
Maybe we didn’t get the promotion we worked so hard for. Or maybe we got reminded of someone we lost. Whatever it is, we need a way to effectively deal with these types of feelings.
For me, riding a bike is one of the best ways to lighten my mood. Whatever the problems I was dealing with before I swung my leg over the saddle, it always looks a lot better after a couple of hours of shredding trails.
There are many ways you can ride a bike, but you always get to be outside, and doing something that directly leads to progress.
I am not a psychologist, so my explanation is purely based on my own deductions. I think that a sense of progress is very important to us. When we feel stuck or thrown backwards (like when we lose something or someone important to us) is the main reason for negative feelings.
That is why we can pull ourselves out of it with a simple activity that gives a feeling of progress. Biking is a great way to accomplish this because it takes only a little effort and you get to cover a lot of distance.
So, next time you are feeling down, try riding your bike for at least one hour. I can guarantee you that you will be feeling better after that.