Been walking lots and lots. I try to walk about 12km 5 days a week. Some days I walk more if I know I won’t get out 5 days that week. Other weeks I won’t get out 5 times. But I’m definitely walking at least 55km and upwards each week. I’m much fitter than I was 6 months ago that’s for sure.
I will update the blog soon but for now I’ll leave you with some pictures taken over March.
I walk to help me feel better. I don’t particularly like walking and I started taking pictures on my phone to help make the walks go quicker. I know I’m surrounded by beauty but when I’m not feeling great, I often don’t see any of it.
Since I came back back to Donegal in August I’ve been doing a lot of walking.
I joined a walking group for people experiencing mental health difficulties. I’ll admit it was challenging, but I stuck with it.
I started out walking three or four times a week at first. Around 7-8km every day.
Now I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy and I didn’t really enjoy it at first. I was walking between 4-5 times a week, every week for about 3 months before I started to enjoy it.
I’ve always heard the term ‘Activation precedes motivation’ and it’s true. It basically means that you have to do something before you get motivated to do it. If I was going to wait to be motivated to go for a walk I prob would never ever have gone for one.
On a good week I’m walking 5 days a week and up to 40km a week but often much more. One week I walked 60km. Eek. Definitely not something I would have even thought was possible a few months ago.
Now, for anyone looking at my pictures on my social media pages they prob aren’t aware of the struggle behind each picture.
We all need that one place where we can feel at ease and even a little content. For me that place has to be the beach. Walking on the beach, while listening to the waves crashing on the rocks and having the sea wash around my feet is so special.
There’s very few places where I feel content in myself anymore. Everyone is surrounded by stress and the busyness of our fast paced world. Very few of us really disconnect anymore.
Take me for example I’m always on my phone, or online. I rarely disconnect. Even when I’m chilling out to watch a DVD, I’m browsing on my phone. So really, I never really unwind.
In August I relocated to Donegal after 6 years in Dublin. I miss Dublin lots and living back in a rural area definitely has its downsides. But there are positives. I am surrounded by beauty everywhere.
I’ve been doing lots of walking since I moved back. I’m always astounded by the absolute beauty in this county.
There is so much research to show that exercise has a huge positive impact on your mental health. Exercise in nature has proven itself to be even more effective. I’ll be writing a blog post on the benefits of exercise on your mental health very soon.
I’ve been walking lots in nature and it is helping. (Even if it’s only a tiny bit some days) I’ve put some of the pics I’ve taken on my phone into a short video (It’s only 1.40 mins long so check it out)
All pics have been taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7. You can also see more of my pics on my Instagram account