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Intense could be a way of describing how we choose to live today. Things are busy, children demand and require our time to support them. Household chores are ongoing. Our job keeps us busy. We might have P&C, team manager job for the little league soccer team. Secretary for the swimming club, scout leader, volunteer chaperon for the gymnastics competition and much more. Busy, can be an understatement. Often we fall out of bed still exhausted from the day before and cannot wait for the weekend where we might be able to have a sleep in, provided we are not on surf club duty. Where is time for ‘ME’? How did this happen?

 

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.”

– John Muir

 

Life and the choices we make to live it, is how it happened. Would we deprive our children from being involved in any of the activities they are in? No. Stepping up and being the leader is about supporting the best we can. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Caring for ourself whilst the busy-ness is happening is vital. Without our health and wellbeing we are unable to care for everyone the way we want to. One way of staying healthy and balanced, is to take time out and go for a walk in the bush. Being in the bush and reconnecting with mother nature is a fabulous way to destress, chill out, kick back, unwind, relax, get clarity, wash away the cobwebs and simply allow ourselves to be. Bushwalking has endless benefits.

 

5 benefits from walking in the bush…

1. Reduces Stress: We all have stress in varying different degrees. Too much stress will make us sick and can often lead our body to being at dis-ease. Walking gives us the time and space to ‘simply BE’. Our thoughts come and go as if in meditation. We solve the problems of the world and then, just let it go. Walking allows this to easily happen and in trusting the process the benefits will come. When walking in the bush, problems get put into perspective because we have given ourselves the time to process differently. And it’s quiet!

2. Walking will fend off depression: Studies have shown the remarkable benefits the connection with mother nature can have on our minds. Whenever we have experienced walking in the bush our mood is uplifted and there is a spring in our step. Brainwaves shift when being at one in the bush. The smell is different and supportive to all our senses. When we walk we process things in our mind differently, we have the time and space to be able to look at things logically. Our processing strategies improve. We move away from thinking sad and depressing thoughts and closer to fulfilment and happiness. It has been suggested the rise in mental illness is aligned with the increased urbanisation we are experiencing today. Being in nature is inspiring and uplifting.

3. Keeps the whole body in top condition. All our senses are turned on when going into the bush, having this stimulation balances us out internally and externally. We smell amazing things, the bush has a special earthy smell, we instantly feel connected and relaxed. We see the beauty of the view, the trees and how they work with each other to support themselves (they twist and strangle each other, yet they survive). We will taste the freshness in the air; it’s different to being in our urban areas. Most importantly we connect and feel very different, we can feel care-free, centred, grounded, at one with ourself thanks to the power of mother nature. To get fully grounded we can take it one step further and be fully connected by touch, touch the trees, leaves, branches, dirt, rocks and moss. Then hug a tree, it’s rewarding, special and very connected.

4. Gives us special ‘ME’ time. To smell the air, take in the sights, appreciate the beauty (and it is beauty) allows us to ‘BE’ with self in a very different way. Moving forward along the trail creates momentum and mediation to support the processing differently, as mentioned above. We feel we have done something worthwhile; we accomplished something and feel good at the end of it! It creates creativity and innovation.

5. Walking is SUPER FUN! Walking is a very social thing; we meet different people from around the world or our community. To walk and talk and share experiences is a fun learning process at the same time as enjoying the exercise. We can choose to talk or we can decide to walk in silence, whatever we want to do is the right thing for us. There are many different clubs to get guidance and information from. Club Kokoda Gold Coast is a great place to start. The group caters to likeminded people wanting to discover places to walk on the Gold Coast. They are about keeping the Kokoda story alive and also offering advice if anyone needs it for hiking the Kokoda Trail in PNG.

 

There are so many different options for walking; getting exercise, connecting with new people, learning about where to walk, fully turning our senses on, learning some of our history, warding off depression, keeping our health and wellbeing top priority and having fun along the way.

Whilst out walking in the bush remember to be as clean as possible and to reduce our footprint.

 

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Debbie Hogg

Debbie Hogg  

Debbie Hogg is one of Australia’s leading coaches PCC/APC, is an award winning Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, Speaker, Women’s Retreat Master, Writer, Podcaster, Adventurous Hiker and is The Self-Worth Coach. Debbie is passionate in helping women manage their ‘Inner & Outer’ balance. She is co-creator of Life Skills Programs, assisting parents teach children confidence and resilience. Debbie knows that when we give ourselves permission to fully show up in our life amazing serendipities occur! She is mum to two amazing teenager daughters // www.debbiehogg.com