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Why Long Walks Will Change Your Life



Why Long Walks Will Change Your Life
Walking is medicine - it cures anxiety, sparks inspiration, and brings us back to ourselves I am back home for Christmas, and yesterday, on Boxing Day, I walked in the rain from my village and down into the valley, then upwards and into the woodlands.


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Nature walks

It is refreshing to walk through nature, absorbed by the trees, the leaves, the sprays of sunlight, the crawling insects, the wet mud, the simple and forgotten things.

If one is attentive enough, every walk is an opportunity to see new sights and hear new sounds.



Walk without a plan

When going on a long walk, there is nothing to achieve. The beauty is in the walking itself, in noticing the air, marveling at the oak trees.

It is while we are absorbed in the landscape that ideas arrive. Stories unfold. Poetry and rhyme, answers to dreaded questions.


Nature refreshes us

In nature, you leave yourself behind. In the repetition of walking, you empty yourself; you free yourself of opinion and expectation. In this state, your mind begins to clear and is able to bring forth wisdom.



Set Plan for Day: 5 min

Before turning on your computer, sit down with a blank piece of paper and decide what you can realistically accomplish that will further your goals.

Take your calendar and schedule tho...

Refocus: 1 min every hour

Manage your day hour by hour. 

Set your phone or computer to ring every hour. When it rings, take a deep breath, look at your list and ask yourself if you spent your last hour productively. 

Review: 5 min

Shut off your computer and review your day. 

What worked? Where did you focus? Where did you get distracted? What did you learn that will help you be more productive tomorrow?

The Elixir of Life

Sleep, something which people take for granted, much like oxygen, is the elixir of life.

Insomniacs must know that sleep is natural, and normal, with each of us having the ...

Tips for Sleeping

  • Get up at the same time every morning.
  • Write affirmations to tell yourself that your body knows how to sleep.
  • Don't involve your over-thinking mind too much.
  • Use your bed is for sleep and sex only.
  • Don't lie awake for more than 20 minutes on the bed, and if you can't sleep, get up and try to do some calming activity like folding laundry.

The Enemy of Sleep

Our body will take care of itself if left on its own. It is our mind which is the culprit, running like a motor, inducing low-grade anxiety inside us.

Sleep is not something you have to do, but something which happens naturally to you. If an insomniac forgets that he is an insomniac, he will have a good night's sleep.

Three different sides of risk

  • The odds you will get hit.
  • The average consequences of getting hit.
  • The tail-end consequences of getting hit.

The first two are...

The tail-end consequences

The tail-end consequences of an action or event (those with low-probability, high-impact) are all that matter.

In investing, the average consequences of risk make up most of the daily news headlines. But the tail-end consequences of risk (for example, pandemics and depressions) are what make the pages of history books.