Welcome to day 23 of this year’s A to Z Challenge! I wrote about why I chose ‘Self Care’ as my theme for the challenge and I’m really enjoying writing about it during April. Today’s letter is ‘W’ so my self care word is ‘Walking’.

Walking is one of the greatest things and something that I never take for granted. I absolutely love getting out in (almost) any weather and just wandering through local areas, newly discovered treasures, or just around the garden.

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When my SPD was really bad during this pregnancy, I would go days where walking became a huge, painful chore to endure so now that my pain has recently eased to virtually nothing, I’ve been enjoying getting out for walks when possible. I mean I am overdue and have baby sticking into every organ from the top of my lungs down, so I’m not a speedy as I used to be nor do I have the stamina, but with some recent sunny days it’s been a joy to get out walking again.

Toby hates being cooped up inside, so as well as being good for my health and spirits, it’s good for his too. He’ll often go for early morning and late evening walks with Phil then during the day with me and he still whines pretty much every time we step foot back into the house! It can be frustrating when you can see the dishes that need doing, the laundry that needs putting away or the tea that needs cooking, but at the same time walking is so beneficial that it really is worth putting those things off a little bit longer for.

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Back when I was single and working a very physically demanding job, walking a lot really helped me to keep relatively sane. I’d quite often venture out of my own, either into town or to a local park with a book and at work, it was generally a good idea to take the people we cared for out on country walks too. Phil and I have also always been people who get out a lot and have enjoyed the fresh air in all weather, especially during times of stress.

Walking is a fantastic way to exercise, but it also helps to free your mind, allowing you to figure out anything that’s going on in your head and to process life in general.

Do you enjoy walking? Where’s your favourite place to go? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.