Mental Health And Walking

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During lockdown and moving, I have begun walking daily and have noticed it drastically improve my mental health. For many who are struggling with lockdown and being isolated from their family and friends, with mainly social media to look to as a source of companionship.

I myself, however, have found that walking daily even for half an hour has increased my appetite and given me a positive mindset. Plus, despite lockdown, it has given me something to look forward to. Dating during lockdown is also awkward, however, we managed around this by going for socially distanced walks.

It is both interesting when meeting a new person, yet gives each other a chance to break the ice! I find it helps my study concentration as well. With low mood disorder and CPTSD I find walking both beneficial and exhilarating. I would recommend that everyone go out for around half an hour even in the really rubbish winter weather. It was still good, otherwise, we are just stuck inside all day and this is not healthy for our minds.

It is good to go out - even on a socially distanced date to walk, laugh and joke. This world is at the moment intense, I find walking has added some light relief to the heaviness that we are all under. With the continuing lockdown and being unable to see our loved ones.

It is good to see your surroundings, I am lucky I live right by the sea. But even a park or a local area to walk to is still largely beneficial for your mental health. As this is ongoing I find myself looking forward to daily walks and feel myself encouraging others. As humans, we are social animals and we need to go out and talk to other people.

So, if you're up for it today, take a quick walk and see how your mood is uplifted! As a result of walking I have found out new places that I may not have found out before, had I been in my car.

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