In hospitals after someone has had a surgery, the medical staff will try to get them up and walking as soon as possible.
There are a number of medical benefits to doing that.
Psychologically, there’s one very large benefit and that is because of this elegant interaction between the brain and the body, when the body is up and walking, it sends a signal to the brain that that person is not yet ready to be permanently horizontal.
In life, if you’re feeling stuck or upset or worried, you may find that walking is a tremendous thing to do.
The idea of moving your body forward can sometimes help you get unstuck from emotional things, as well.
And when I’m feeling that way and I get outside, sometimes just seeing other things, even if I’m not thinking about the problem anymore, can help feed my mind and give me new ideas and help me get unstuck and moving forward emotionally, as well as physically.
I’d suggest that you walk on real earth in a park, on a trail, or on a beach, instead of on concrete or something like that. There’s something very powerful about having your feet in contact with the real earth.
Also, I’d recommend if you’re walking, that you notice periodically how it feels when your foot meets the ground. That’s a tremendous way of grounding yourself, as well.
In a medical setting, you’d have to wait for someone else to take you for a walk, in your everyday life, you can take yourself for a walk anytime that you want. The benefits are really tremendous.
Question: What else do you do to relieve your stress or anxieties? How do you get your mind or body unstuck?