A friend of mine sent me this link for an article that was recently published in the Globe and Mail. The article highlights the many benefits of riding a bike on the trails with a focus on the mental health side of riding. The demands of Mountain Biking are such that you need to pay attention the entire time you are moving the bike, hence it promotes focus on the activity at hand, subsequently allowing you to clear your mind.
I know this feeling very well. The one thing that always clears my head on a stressful day is to take the bike and hit the local trails. On top of the beauty of the surrounding nature, the ability to clear your head for the 1.5 to 2 hours provides so many benefits. I no longer see problems as problems and in many instances I can look at a situation differently and hence react differently.
Check out the article for yourself and see what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section if you want to share :-)