There’s lots of different types of walking, and most often we do it to get ourselves somewhere we need to go, such as to work or school or to an appointment of some kind. This means that walking can often be a hurried means to an end, more so than a mindful or peaceful act.
Taking some time to walk, just for the sake of walking, and without thinking too much about where you’re going or why, can be an act of self-care. If you go alone, it’s a type of walking that is just for you and time spent only on yourself – although it’s important to make sure you’re safe, too. Letting someone know that you’re going on a walk will reassure others that you are not lost or missing. Walking with friends or people you are close to you can help as well, as it gives you a space to talk that doesn’t feel too claustrophobic or pressured.
Some apps and websites can help with walking. This 10 minute walking meditation is just one of many you can find online.
There isn’t much academic research in the area of self-care for young people who are living with mental health issues. We are trying to find out more about what works for different people so we can better advise other young people what to try.
If you’ve tried this activity when you were struggling in relation to your mental health, please let us know if it helped you and how by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help you’ button.