One of the best ways to start the day, according to me, is a morning walk. Or well, first off a morning cup of coffee or two and have some time to just scroll through social media, check my mail, do some thinking and planning of my day and when all that is done, it is just to go out and walk.
Walking is one of the best therapeutic activities i know. I love walking and do quite a bit of walking in my daily life, i.e walking to the gym/home from the gym and somedays walking to school. However that is more “transport” walking and even if i love it, it is not AS therapeautic as just going out for a walk and all i have is my keys, phone and headphones and some days i even skip my headphones.
To walk and just think…. Most of my ideas for blogging come when i am out walking and when i get stuck with an essay or assignment then going for a walk can help to get me more creative and be able to formulate my words properly. Walking is also one of the best remedies for when i have anxiety. I can often get anxiety or panic attacks in the evening and feel like the walls are closing in on me and find it hard to breathe from the anxiety, but then just going out for a walk whether it is walking to the store and distracting myself there, or walking and talking with someone or listening to some music/podcast and during summer i sometimes went out for an evening walk and then just sat by the water until the anxiety passed. It is a way to get out of the house, think clearer and get fresh air… a winning concept!
When i lived with my parents and with my dog i used to go for almost daily morning walks because of my dog. Somedays longer walks, otherdays shorter walks… but i most of the time went for a walk for my own sake and not just because i “had to”. Infact on a side note, when i struggled with depression having my dog around me was one of the most helpful things as it made sure that i left the house each day and also had someone to cuddle when i was feeling down!
One of my goals is to get into the regular habit of going for morning walks, and not just walking to school/the gym with a heavy bag. But just going out walking, and the time doesn’t matter. It is not to get more steps or burn calories, but because it is the best way to start the day according to me. It gives me energy, gets me up early, makes me feel positive and ready for the day as well as gives me time to just think, feel positive, be thankful for my body and gets my thoughts and ideas for the day/week/future going!!
So, who’s with me and wants to start going for more morning, or evening walks? Of course i know walking can be a compulsive thing for some, but as long as it is not compulsive or an obsession it can be extremely beneficial and therapeutic!
What’s your favourite way to start the day?