The structures we have built for ourselves as a society make it easy to forget where we come from. When was the last time you spent some time outside, in nature? It might be more important than you think.

What’s the point of taking a walk?

I have to admit that I myself like to spend most of my time indoors. If I don’t have anything specific I want to, I see no point in going outside. Taking a walk always seemed so dull, so pointless. I already know the area surrounding my home by heart. I walked every path a dozen of times and thought that there is nothing new to discover.

Then I realized that discovering something new doesn’t have to be the point of every walk I take. Obviously there is more to it than meets the eye. Everyone knows that spending time outside, breathing fresh air, getting some sunlight and moving your body is healthy for you.

Taking a walk can also help you with your mental health. It clears your mind and connects you with your environment. You get away from everyday life, the tasks you want to finish and the people that surround you. The more mindful your walk, the better the results.

How does mindful walking work?

It’s easy to get sucked in by your thoughts while taking a walk. That’s why it’s important to practice mindfulness.

Look around. What do you see? What do you hear? Do you feel the sun or the wind on your skin? What do you smell? Can you feel your breath and your feet moving? Is the ground hard or soft? What’s the temperature like?

The world around you is everchanging. If you pay close enough attention you will realize that every day there is something new to discover, no matter how small the change might seem. By staying present you’ll also get the most out of walking around for seemingly no reason.

Why are you still looking at the screen? Go outside and enjoy the real world!

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