“These days if my mind is in the past or future it doesn’t take much for me to recognise that and if I need a break from my own thoughts or to reconnect with what’s happening in the here and now, I know how to get into that headspace more easily.”
If you live in a city, you may be wondering how you’d hear your thoughts or find relaxation amongst the blaring car horns and 24 hour noise, but maybe we can all learn something from Jake’s way of looking at the world:
“As well as the physical space walking gives you, it also gives you a lot of mental space to process things."
"If I’m inside, I feel like I’m relaxing but really it’s just a kind of distraction. Walking calms and relaxes me and makes me feel like I’m stepping out of a stressful life, but it also allows me mental space to work through things without distractions.”
Many of us know the feeling of needing to step outside after a stressful day and it’s no coincidence that aerobic exercise produces endorphins that help us feel less stressed. These happy hormones can give us a buzz and make us feel good, perhaps that’s why Jake didn’t want his walk to end.
Finding a renewed view on things along his journey, walking helped Jake work through a difficult period in his life. Meeting other people and having discussions about emotional health has also helped him to find the language to talk openly about his feelings, but above all, his hike has given him new ways to manage his mental wellbeing moving forward.