Welcome to Mindful Monday’s!
From now on, every Monday I am going to give you a heartfelt post about mindfulness relating to a specific topic. My aim is that this will give you a number of different things to be mindful about, and make you aware of how easy it really is to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday lives.
Today, the focus is going to be on walking.
Walking. It’s something we all do every day. This is exactly why it is something that we should be mindful about. Walking can be an extremely calm exercise to carry out, but we so often depict it as boring, and just another mode of travel to get from one place to the next.
Being mindful whilst we’re walking can work wonders for your mental wellbeing and emotional wellness. ‘Feeling at one with nature’, as it is so often put, can really put your mind in check, especially if you have a lot going on around you in terms of stress and worry. The previous weekend, I went to the Lake District and spent a lot of time walking and taking in the beautiful views of the lakes and the mountains. I came back home feeling refreshed and revitalised, and ready to grab a hold of life with both hands again.
Things to focus on:
- What do you see around you when you take a walk?
- What do you hear when you step away from traffic and other distractions?
- What do you feel when you take step after step on the grassy earth?
- What do you smell in the air when you’re surrounded by trees and flowers and fields?
- What do you taste when you breathe in the air enveloping you?
Taking a walk is a simple practice of self-care and can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. Put yourself first. Do something for you this week.