Take a walk – and find your creative flow…

Logo_Walkthetalkcoaching_square_2p5_2p5“The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with purpose.”

C. Dickens

That walking is good for us is widely acknowledged. Usually we hear about the physical benefits of walking – it helps us manage weight, stay fairly fit and reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.

But what about the mind? Have you ever noticed how walking brings clarity when your thoughts have got entangled and confused? Walking invites us to slow down and take stock of things instead of rushing from point to point. Our thoughts become clearer so that we are able to look at issues with fresh eyes and reach well considered decisions.

Similarly, walking helps regulate our emotions. For instance, if we’re having a bad day or feeling stressed, getting some fresh air is likely to be exactly what we need. Walking calms us down, and can help us release pent up concerns and irritations.

Not only that, but taking a walk can let our creative imagination open up to new ideas and solutions. The more we find a pace and rhythm that is right for us, the more these ideas start to flow!

So, how do you get into that ‘flow’? Well, you can choose to stride ahead with a map to guide you, and a very clear destination that you want to reach. Or, you can just wander, meandering more and discovering new possibilities along the way.

Where you choose to take your walk makes a big difference. While built-up spaces can be full of interest, there’s no doubt that stepping out into nature with wide open vistas, or more intimate woodland glades, lifts the heart and the imagination. We step away from our everyday round of thinking and being and venture into unfamiliar ground.

So, what about you?

  • Look at your calendar, and decide a time when you’re going to take your walk.
  • Give yourself a time slot – 15min, 20min, 45min? Your choice!
  • Where are you going to take your walk? Choose a place that lifts your spirits!
  • Don’t let the weather put you off. All you need is appropriate shoes and clothing. Apart from that, walking is FREE.
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