For those of you who remember, I am not suggesting a road trip to McDonalds, I am encouraging you to take a walk.
Have you been cooped up in your house, stuck in front of your computer, Zoomed out, stressed out, and about to blow a gasket? Consider pushing your chair away from your desk, putting on your tennis shoes or snow boots, bundling up, and heading outside. A walk may be just what you need to brighten your day, and it requires minimum effort and time.
Consider creating an intention for your walk, by determining your WHAT and WHY.
- What: I am going to take a walk and allow myself some time to unplug and recharge. Check-out to check-in.
- Why: Because I feel stressed, I deserve a break, and I know this walk will help me feel better. I want and deserve to feel good.
10 things to consider:
- Walk with a greater sense of awareness
- Let go of work and life distractions
- Drop out of your head and into the sensations in your body
- Connect with nature and the moment
- Wake up all five senses by noticing your surroundings
- Feel the quality of your breath and breathe deeply
- Pause along the way and notice what is interesting and beautiful
- Walk with a mindset of curiosity, and consider changing your perspective
- Calm your negative thoughts by shifting from a place of judgment to gratitude
- Ponder what is causing you stress and consider what you can release
If you want companionship, invite a friend, co-worker, or family member to walk with you. On your walk, discuss one or two of the above “things to consider” and why they are important. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can be cathartic and a great way to learn more about yourself and others.
Awareness is powerful, and it creates a portal to new possibilities. Speaking of, if you cannot unplug from work, consider this alternative. Meetings and business conversations don’t have to hold you hostage; take them on the road. The walk will not be the same, but you will reap the benefits of being in nature, getting fresh air, exercise, and vitamin D. Plus, the change of scenery may be just what you need.
Pause, and look outside. Your walk is just a few steps away, and remember, you deserve a break today!