Feeling Blah But Can’t Hike?
You can’t turn sideways on the Internet lately without yet another article about how great hiking (and getting outside) is for your mental health – and health overall.
Which is all well and good, and something I happen to wholeheartedly agree with – BUT – what happens when you have those times that you can’t get out for a hike? Does your emotional health have to take a big nosedive down into an icky murky pit of despair?
This is something I was struggling with earlier today…
Regular readers of this blog will know that I first got back into hiking to help pick myself up after a rough time in my life. Getting outdoors was a way for me to do something just for me. I could lace up my shoes, chuck on my backpack and go for a wander. No matter how down, or hopeless, I felt, I would always come back feeling better. After all, if I could make it up that big hill, or cover that many kilometres, surely I could tackle other things, and come out on top?
I find myself there again. I’m struggling a bit emotionally. I’m having a few months where things aren’t going the way I planned, and I feel like I’m pushing uphill to keep going. Pushing uphill to keep on top of things, and not let my circumstances get on top of me.
I’m also having some (so far unexplained) health issues that are making me feel pretty yuck, and are leaving me without any energy, or get-up-and-go.
My creativity has taken a break too – I don’t want to write and I don’t want to explore. I think, who am I and why does anyone care what I have to say anyway? You know, those nasty self doubting voices that creep in sometimes?
So, at a time when getting outside and immersing myself in nature is just what I need to get things flowing again – it’s something I couldn’t do today.
It would’ve been easy to sit around and feel sorry for myself, but I knew there just had to be other things I could do instead.
What did I do?
I cooked up 2 big batches of soup, some tomato sauce for pasta (from scratch), and a big slow cooked lasagne. I did the housework (boring but so good afterwards), then thrown on a couple of movies. I rugged up on the couch with a big fluffy blanket and chilled out.
It wasn’t my first choice, but I’m feeling relaxed, rested, and well organised for the week ahead. My emotions are still chaotic, and my health hasn’t magically improved, but I definitely feel more positive and calm.
What about you – what else do you like to do for a pick-me-up when you can’t go hiking?
Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker. She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong. You can follow along with her on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. If you have any questions that she can help with, or would like to chat about possible sponsored opportunities, advertising, or affiliations (that will benefit her audience) please drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.