It’s funny isn’t it; we know what is good for us and what helps to boost our Mental Health, but when we are struggling with our Mental Health it is really difficult to do.
Yesterday, as part of my CBT Homework, I went for a walk. I have to admit I really had to push myself to do it, even though I love walking, I wasn’t in the right mindset for it. Other than the school run, I have been spending most of my time at home, inside.
Initially I had decided to walk around the block, but my daughter and partner decided to tag along and we ventured further. 4 miles further, making it 5 miles in total.
We decided to take a route we have never walked before, and ended up in a part of the woods I have never been in. We found a Den that someone had built out of fallen branches. It was quite big and my daughter had a great time playing in it, in fact all three of us did.
It was so peaceful; occasionally we passed some other walkers or horse riders, but most of the time it was just us 3 and the Wildlife. It was so nice to just get away from everything, to get away from the noise and from people. The only sounds we heard other than ourselves were the birds singing and the occasional acorns falling from the trees with a thud as they hit the ground.
I had taken my Camera with us and I ended up taking loads of photos. We saw some deer and lots of horses in the fields we passed.
On the walk home I realised I felt relaxed and I had not laughed as much as I had in those couple of hours in a long time. And boy did I need it. I think we all benefited from it.
Why do we stop doing the activities we enjoy? Gradually, one by one they start to disappear from our routine when our Mental Health declines, which then adds to the decline. We don’t always notice that we have dropped them and sometimes it takes someone else to point it out.
Today, I decided to walk around around the block and plan to continue walking every day. Hopefully by building on healthy habits such as exercise and diet, It will improve my Mental Health and the way I feel about myself.