…that wasn’t a metaphor! Or was it?
Actually, a walk in the park, the riverside, through town or just walking rather than driving where possible can be helpful, emotionally and physically. But you know this, right?
We’re busy, can’t really afford the time to walk, need to get back to the desk, work or whatever…
That’s part of the point I’d like to make. Why would you really want to put yourself back into a position of sedentary physical inactivity and emotional stress – quickly?
Okay, so what about when you are not at work?
How about taking a walk for 30 minutes and really seeing what is around you? Do you even know how far ‘out’ you will get in 15 minutes? This isn’t walking on a mission! You know, walking to the… to get the… and then hurrying back. Head down – not looking or acknowledging anyone you ‘see’. What’s that all about? We have our own homes we can be cut-off from the rest of the world if we choose, why do it in the street also?
For a walking therapy to release the mind-chatter and stressful and negative feelings I recommend a 30 minute walk out – giving you an hour away from all that stuff you keep ‘fiddling’ with.
If you actually care to ‘see’ what is around you (Mindful Walking), ‘Listen’ to the sounds – be they traffic, birds or the wind even; ‘feel’ the ground under your feet, and ‘smell’ the air, after 20 minutes you may become aware that your mind has become calmer and quieter – and this releases you to be more creative and this is particularly useful should you have a problem you have been trying to solve, a great time to consider the potential answers.
Having enjoyed your new found emotional release and perhaps solved a problem – it is time to just walk and enjoy the peace in your mind and appreciate whatever you normally miss. Then, when you are ready, walk your way back and allow yourself to be grateful for the relationships, your health, and the things you can be grateful for.
2 – 3 times a week will make a huge difference to you, with minimal effort and is genuinely physically beneficial. And best of all, no subscription fees required!
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Bob Brotchie is a counsellor, mindset consultant and creator of "Conscious Living by Design"™. He writes for Anglia Counselling, is featured on various other websites and introduces us to many guest writers all covering topics related to mental health and wellbeing.
Bob provides bespoke counselling services to individuals and couples in the privacy and comfort of a truly welcoming environment at his Anglia Counselling company office, located near Newmarket in Suffolk, England. Bob also provides professional online counselling, for local, national, and international clients. The therapeutic models offered are bespoke to the client’s needs, especially those in receipt of 'childhood emotional neglect' (CEN), whilst integrating a mindful approach to psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) principles. For clients experiencing trauma and/or phobia, Bob offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).