While walking can be a fun, enjoyable activity it can also be therapeutic. There are times when I walk that I really want company, whether it to be my husband or my children. Other times I just want to listen to my iPod. But then there are times where I need it for therapy.
I think the best time to walk is after you have experienced a bad day. This is a great way to “walk things off” in a healthy manner. Instead of turning to that bag of salty chips or chocolaty ice cream, use that time of walking to decompress and think. This is your chance to let things go.
Walking can be therapeutic if you use it as a time of decluttering your mind. Get rid of all the junk which may include terrible thoughts, unkind things that have been said to you or a problem you have been stewing over for a long period of time. This is your chance to clear your mind and sort through life’s problems.
Have a big decision to make? Take a walk and spend that time thinking about which way you should go. Weigh your options as you take in some fresh air. It is a great opportunity to be alone and not have distractions or others telling you what you should do. Sometimes we really do need silence to know which path to take.
It is amazing what can happen once you clear your mind. Suddenly things look brighter, you get a new idea or you find it easy to let something go. When you use walking in this manner you come back from it feeling refreshed and with a new perspective.
For some people walking is a great opportunity to pray or meditate. Whether you use it for that, to think or to walk off the troubles of life…walking really can be like therapy, only it’s free.