Before I jump into this topic, I wanted to apologize if for a while my posts aren’t daily. I’m feeling a bit uninspired — a bit caved into myself.
With that said, I’ve been taking solace in walks lately, around the beautiful campus where I work. They’re my daily break not only from work, but from the world in general. So, I wanted to offer up some tips for mindful walking:
- Put the phone away. Really. Don’t use your break walks to do business, scroll social media or talk on the phone. Enjoy the moment.
- Use your senses. What do you hear? What do you smell? How do your feet feel when you are walking?
- Notice the small things. Look at the ground. What do you see? Some clover, perhaps. A beautiful bright yellow dandelion. A pigeon looking for food on the sidewalk? Notice that. Take it all in.
- Touch a building or a blade of grass. I do this a lot. Maybe I’ll feel the smoothness of a brick building. Or I’ll let my fingers touch a chain link fence. Doing this really helps me feel grounded.
- Take deep breaths. Don’t underestimate the power of your breath. Take a few deep breaths on your walk. I like to do breath counting: inhale for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds and exhale for 5 seconds.
- Stop and look. I know we’re all rushed most of the time, but this can really make a difference. Stop and really take things in. The colors. The sounds.
Friends, you got this. Whatever you may be going through — the universe has got you. Take that deep breath and stay in the moment as much as possible.