Managing Stress – Walking in Nature

Parklands Track With Trees

A great tool to have in your stress management toolkit is the concept of enjoying a walk walking in nature. I have assumed of course, that you are capable of enjoying a walk. If you are in any doubt, you should consult with your doctor.

I have also assumed of course, that you are going to enjoy your walk at a time and place where conditions are not dangerous to your health. For example, you are not going to go for your walk when the weather is not ideal. And if you go in the evening, that you remember to wear clothing that makes you seen by other people.

You don’t want to get run over by a cyclist because he did not see you because you were wearing dark clothing in a dark evening. You get my meaning. 🙂

Health Benefits Of Walking In Nature Includes Managing Stress

Walking in nature is a great habit to do on a daily basis if possible to help you to manage and reduce your stress. Walking in nature has loads of benefits and is easy enough to do.

A very simple and effective managing stress tool

Walking in nature where there is grass, trees, leaves, rivers, lakes and non dangerous wildlife can be of great benefit. I have found that walking in a parkland is more enjoyable and I can walk for longer periods of time than walking outside of nature, for example, on a footpath beside a road. The scenery is more varied and helps to keep the mind occupied on what is actually happening right now, which guess what, means that I am not thinking about what is stressing me.

Walking can be a great unplugging experience

Walking, especially with your smartphone or mobile phone or cell phone powered off or in silent mode away from the distractions of modern life, especially cars and lorries, is a great way to unplug yourself.

What Hippocrates said about walking many years ago

Walking is man’s best medicine. ― Hippocrates

20 Health Benefits Of Walking In Nature

Number 15 is the one we are really interested in here. 🙂
All the other benefits are bonuses. 🙂
This may be enough to help you decide to walk on a regular basis, and ideally if possible and if applicable to help you be motivated enough to aim to walk for 60 minutes a day. 🙂
I have assumed of course, that you are capable of enjoying a walk. If you are in any doubt, you should consult with your doctor.
I would suggest that you work up slowly to about 60 minutes a day over time, and if for some reason you miss a day or two, not to stress out about it.
Enjoy your walks. 🙂

Top 20 Benefits Of Walking
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Begin your walking adventures as soon as possible

I am lucky enough and grateful that I am living within a short driving distance of an old country house with extensive parklands around it, that is open most days to the public, that is great for walking. The grass, trees, leaves, river, lake and non dangerous wildlife make this environment great. There are many different routes to take when walking. I find that I now know how long various routes take me and decide on the spot which routes to take. I usually make the decision for how long the walk will be when driving there. I have worked out for me, what are great walks, ranging from 20 minutes, to 30 minutes, to 40 minutes, to 50 minutes, to 60 minutes. I would suggest you research some local places and begin your walking adventures as soon as possible.

Enjoy your walks. 🙂

Check that walking is a good idea for you

I want you to be very sure that walking is a good idea for you.

You should consider the following items along with any additional items you or your medical team consider applicable for you.

  • Your doctor is ok with you walking.
  • The weather is ok to walk in.
  • The walking environment is safe to walk in.
  • The walking environment is safe and secure.
  • You are well enough to walk.
  • You are fit enough to walk.
  • You take sensible precautions for your walk.
  • You walk for an sensible amount of time taking sensible breaks if and when required.
  • You wear bright clothes so that you can be seen by other people.
  • If it is getting dark, you have and use a working torch so that you can see where you are going and to allow other people to see you.
  • You are not going for a walk in a storm.
  • You are not going for a walk if you are physically ill or physically unable to.
  • And so on and so forth. You add applicable items to this list where necessary.

Walking has over 20 health related benefits, but if you are not healthy enough to walk, you may damage yourself or if you walk in bad weather it may bring on health related issues, so you need to be sensible. Walk and its over 20 health related benefits are related to the amount of walking, the type of walking and for how long the walk is. I prefer to walk each day, however if it is stormy, I would give it a miss and not worry about it.

Here’s The Next Step…

Now I want to turn it over to you assuming that it is ok for you to walk (Check that walking is a good idea for you):

Are you going to start walking most days to see does that help?

I would suggest that you gradually increase your walking time gradually over time until you are walking for your target length of time. And that your target length of time takes into account your fitness and your health considerations along with other sensible considerations (no sense going for a walk in a storm, no sense going for a walk if you are physically ill), which you should discuss with your health care team. (Check that walking is a good idea for you.)

If you miss a walking session, let it go, and resume your walking practice whenever you are ready to resume and assuming that the conditions are right. Your doctor is ok with you walking, the weather is ok to walk in, the environment is safe to walk in and so on and so forth. (Check that walking is a good idea for you.)

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

About David

My name is David and in common with a lot of people I suffer from stress. In my experience of managing my stress I have learned different ways of managing stress. I suffer less than I used to because I have learned how to manage this way better and proactively do so regularly. This is working for me. I hope my stress management blog helps you. Continue Reading

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2 Comments on “Managing Stress – Walking in Nature”

  1. Jucing Fan says:

    Walking is definitely an exercise that everyone can do. Walking in nature is another level of experience. Nowadays people need to get back into walking again, I’m one of those who work a lot in an office that keeps me stuck on my office chair for almost all day. And by the time work is over, I’m all stressed out and ready for bed, not even thinking of de-stressing through walking… But all these benefits of walking will definitely motivate me in getting into a much needed walk in a day, will start with a few minutes and slowly add more time as I get these daily walk in my system. Thanks so much for all these information

    1. David says:

      Yes, walking is a great way to de-stress. Also consider adding walking in a park or walking along a beach during your lunch break, if there is such a facility near where you work. Also walking in the office from one meeting to another is also a chance to get some walking in, taking the view that although not in nature, it is still of benefit.

      Peace,
      David

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