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Title: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: Artemis T on April 12, 2019, 03:31:27 PM
Yesterday I posted that I was having a very rough time functioning, I was missing my emotionally abusive ex and it was causing me a lot of anxiety.  While at work I began researching all these anxiety coping strategies and meditation exercises etc., until I finally had the idea to just walk home from work. I usually commute, but I decided to walk and clear my head.  It's about a 45 min walk, and I had my headphones in the whole time. It was cathartic, and simple, and effective. Sometimes I can forget the KISS concept applies.

By the time I got home the tightness in my chest lessened, my jaw was less clenched and I wasn't thinking about my ex, or what he was doing or if I was the only one in pain. My legs were a little sore but I felt physically stronger, maybe the endorphins from physical activity were helpful.
Either way I plan to incorporate walking into a weekly routine. I have a bike trail near my house that I used to visit more frequently. Walking lets me silence the chaos in my mind and zone out for lack of a better phrase.
So I guess for anyone looking for free and simple ways to combat anxiety, give walking a try.
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: 11JB68 on April 12, 2019, 06:45:17 PM
Great idea! Glad it worked for you!
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: practical on April 13, 2019, 08:27:19 AM
Happy it helped you! I go for walks when I get tense, or need to figure something out. Somehow the physical activity combined with seeing trees, hearing birds really helps me.
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: Associate of Daniel on April 13, 2019, 10:22:12 AM
Me too.

My thoughts might be ajumble while I'm walking but the fresh air, trees, birds, absence of people are all very refreshing.

I should do more...

AOD
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: Sojourner17 on April 14, 2019, 01:12:11 AM
I love walking as well, even if itís just a couple of times around the block. I need to do it more often!
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: Rize on April 18, 2019, 01:38:43 PM
Good grounding technique :)
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: athene1399 on April 22, 2019, 12:26:26 PM
Great idea. Thank you!
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: all4peace on April 22, 2019, 12:41:27 PM
I'm so glad it worked for you! Walking is an absolute necessity in my life also.
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: Boat Babe on April 22, 2019, 04:54:37 PM
Walking is great. It's low impact but you can burn loads of calories if you power walk.  You get sunshine and vitamin D. The rythmic nature of walking is soothing. Your body starts to produce endorphins, mmmmmmm.  And it's free. It's even better with a dog. No dog? Walk one for a less able friend or neighbor.  Win win.
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: 1footouttadefog on May 03, 2019, 10:55:18 PM
There is a meetup group in a nearby city that walks goes hiking with shelter / rescue dogs.

Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: newlife33 on May 06, 2019, 12:16:35 PM
Just laying in the park as well on a nice day and being around people and hearing the sounds and smelling the smells, it's wonderful
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: openskyblue on May 06, 2019, 03:45:40 PM
Getting outside and getting my heart rate up -- swimming, brisk walk -- is the best medicine I know!
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: Jadedjanet on May 09, 2019, 12:42:40 PM
Good for you. Walking is so healthy, a great alternative to so many dysfunctional ways of dealing with anxiety. Walking is my bestie.
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: Spring Butterfly on May 12, 2019, 08:37:36 AM
That's awesome and so glad for you! You mention meditation and I wonder if you've heard of intentional and walking meditations?
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: SomethingElse on May 16, 2019, 04:46:43 AM
That's awesome and so glad for you! You mention meditation and I wonder if you've heard of intentional and walking meditations?
This is a great thread. I've used walking and running now for over a year to deal with the "stuff".  I would love to hear more about intentional or walking meditations please?
Title: Re: Walking; An Easy Way To Cope With Anxiety Caused By NC
Post by: Spring Butterfly on May 16, 2019, 07:59:41 AM
That's awesome and so glad for you! You mention meditation and I wonder if you've heard of intentional and walking meditations?
This is a great thread. I've used walking and running now for over a year to deal with the "stuff".  I would love to hear more about intentional or walking meditations please?
it's something I found so very soothing when walking through the woods or especially barefoot in the yard since that combines with "earthing".

https://jackkornfield.com/walking-meditation-2/

https://www.lionsroar.com/how-to-meditate-thich-nhat-hanh-on-walking-meditation/

On earthing
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/