How well do you know where you live?
Even if you have lived in your home for years, a 30 minute stroll will show you that you might not know it as much as you think you do.
I am not talking walking round the supermarket which is a necesity. I mean walking for a purpose. Stop and look at things that you might pass by. For instance, check-out notice-boards for any community groups that you may associate with or interesting events nearby. Each time you venture out look for something new in your surroundings.
Walking for a purpose is particularly useful when you are having a bad time. It's all too easy to not want to do anything, but that is not going to change the situation. Going for a walk will allow you to take a step back from the issue.
Moreover, exercise such as walking will instigate chemicals called endorphins which will produce a positive feeling. I'm an advocator of going for a long walk for this reason. It helped me control extreme anxiety brought about partly by a significant loss. If you can relate to this anxiety, where it is possible to do so, try to make it apart of your day to get 30 minutes of exercise. This regular routine will also help you identify a nearby 'safe place' you can head to if your anxiety peaks or you feel panicy. This can be your place to calm down and relax; for me I chose a hill close to my home where I could marvel at the view and relax. Once calm, the walk home would make me feel better and gave me the time to process my thoughts.
So, explore your world ... there are many benefits. Go on!!
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