It may have taken a worldwide shutdown and being stuck at home for over a week, but I’m finally starting to realize the benefits that a simple walk can have. My desire to get out of the house but my limited options to do so at the moment due to social distancing requirements led me to decide to take a walk. And then the next day, again. And again. I’m actually enjoying it! And the days where the weather is icky and I don’t make it outside, I do notice myself feeling more restless and anxious.
People have told me this for ages now – my therapist, my husband, my friends. But I just kind of gave them the “yeah, sure” response, which is my typical response when I’m overwhelmed or feeling down. It’s so easy to believe that nothing can help you when you’re at a low point. The simplest of tasks seem to be so daunting. A walk – such a simple solution, yet so hard to execute.
With mental health, I’ve found it to be a step by step, day by day fight. Taking a small step away from the darkness and toward something healthy, physically and emotionally, isn’t easy but the benefits are so worth it.
So if you’re feeling down, in a funk, like you’re lost – give it a try. You don’t need to walk four miles or hike up a mountain. A simple 10 minute walk in fresh air can give you the opportunity to reset. You can listen to music or an audio book, call a loved one to chat, or just relish in the silence and white noise of your neighborhood. Getting movement in gets your endorphins flowing and can help to improve your mood. If nothing else, it got you out of your house for a little bit and maybe out of your funk.
If you’re up for it, give it a try and let me know if it works! We’re all in this journey together, friends.
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