… or how hiking in the forest saved me
Whenever I’m feeling bad all I want to do is walk.
When I was having problems with my job trying to work a corporate job, trying to raise kids, trying to keep my family intact all I wanted to do was walk.
When my husband stopped communicating with me in my marriage was starting to fall apart all I wanted to do was walk. When I finally confronted my husband about his infidelity and decided to end our marriage, all I wanted to do was walk.
The great thing about all this walking is that I can eat whatever I want because it certainly helps keeps the pounds off
I always feel the happiest in the forest. When I’m hiking, the smells of the forest the textures, the colours, everything that’s hidden right before my eyes that if I stop long enough and stay still long enough I can actually see. I can see the birds, I can see the mushrooms hidden under the leaves, I can see the insects, I can see the animals and I can see the future.
I thought I was unique in wanting to walk all the time but I found out during a group post divorce session that many people talked about the need to walk and how walking made them feel better. We jokingly talked about how we almost walked the legs off our dogs we were walking so much. (This is a joke – we never would walk the legs off our dogs – is that even possible?)
Yet again, I found out I was not unique… I sense a theme here.
There are so many studies that talk about the benefits of getting outside. Besides the obvious increase in fitness levels, hiking has many other benefits. For one, it helps with depression – probably because you can’t dwell on the dark things in your mind when you’re trying not to trip on a root. “Being out in nature, away from the business of our daily lives and technology, can allow people to connect with themselves and nature in a way that brings about peace and a sense of well-being,” Leigh Jackson-Magennis, REI (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/how-taking-a-hike-can-mak_n_5584809.html)
Spending time in the forest helps with my struggle with the transition of changing jobs, ending my marriage, raising my kids, walking and loving my dogs and trying to spend as much time as I can in the forest.
Yes, I dream of forests.