Walking Saved My Life
If you find yourself feeling depressed I would really start walking. I really think I suffer very bad from depression and anxiety but the problem with me I am so use to hiding my feelings that I can't tell in myself how I am feeling. But when I am walking I feel so much better.
Walking has really helped me with this, its my meditation. I would usually listen to music but now I am trying to not even do that. I am enjoying my thought process a lot better and because I am walking my dog Pay-Pack, I can be better at training him.
Walking has defiantly been better all round for me.
Here is some improvements I have noticed
1. Improving my moods
If i wake up in a bad mood, when i walking in the morning it will help my moods, this can take around 5000-8000 steps to change my mood. depending on how bad my mood is. I started to work out the problems in my head, because that is where a lot of things that are up setting my moods come from, its all in my head. If someone had upset me the day before and I am still carrying it around with me I have to realise that it is just in my head, I am learning to let it go. to forgive what it is and move on from it. because it is not benefitting me.
2. losing weight
last year before the first lockdown I was on the big side I was I small size 16. I wouldn't buy size 16 cloths, because I didn't want to admit that I was a size 16, so all of my clothes were very tight and very unflattering. So I hated going out and hated all my clothes. I started with trying to do 10,000 steps per day and doing skipping and boxing. but i was very bad at it and was still eating really badly. But then at the end of summer i started getting my 10,000 steps in. found a good route that I could stick to. Then around the begging of the winter i started to go hiking with my daughter Faith ever Thursday. In them hikes we where getting around 30.000 - 40,000 steps. 10,000 steps per day wasn't a challenge any more. so last week I upped my 10,000 steps to 20,000. Along the way I realised that I now fitting into my size 12 walking pants that I brought in the summer. I love it, I love seeing the process of everything that I am doing.
3. A better relation with my daughter
my relationship with my 16 year old daughter has gotten a lot better. Mostly because when we are on these walks we talk a lot better to each other. when we piss each other off, we go quite for a while, then talk it though or we get over it. We just seem to talk more about what is going on in our lives. I am very religious where it comes to consciousness and working on living a mindful life style. so I find mine and my daughters hikes are a great place to talk to her about it and what I have learned. Faith also has problem with controlling her emotions and some other stuff that we address so having faith becoming interested in hiking is so good for her.
4. A better dog owner
For the last 4 years I have hated being a dog owner, there are many reasons to why I hated being a dog owner. But then they would all just be excuses. Since I have start to do multiple walks per day and doing them for a long time periods. I started to take Pay out with me and in the last 4 months I have started to love dogs again and have started to enjoy being a dog owner again. Pay has a lot of problems, he is very anti social, he use to pull and didn't listen to any of my commands, when passing another dog i just wanted to die. But now I feel like there is a bond that I feel really good about, it took while to create it. He heels when I tell him to, sits before we cross the road can dismiss most dogs as we walking past. still working on a lot with him as I do want to train him for hiking and wild camping, so I cant have him going crazy every time he see's something. I Know we will get there and it feels me with pride the better he gets, I do wish I was a better dog owner before but i am here now and that's all that matters.