Friday, 19 June 2015

Come Outside!


I had such a lovely day in the park yesterday! Sometimes, when everything has gotten on top of me a little, getting outside can do the world of good. I tend to be someone who hides away when I am stressed, which can very quickly become a slippery slope. Sometimes I will struggle to leave the house for days on end and the longer I leave it the more daunting re-joining society becomes. Staying in my house is very much a coping mechanism for me and whilst, sometimes necessary, I am not great at pulling myself out of it. So I have decided to take some steps to try and conquer this!


Not only is hiding myself away often very unhelpful, it can have a very large effect on my day to day life and can be claustrophobic and is very isolating. I used to think that the only way to do this was to go and spend time with people and try to address my fears head on but found this far too daunting. Recently I have decided that the most helpful thing can literally just be a change of surroundings and just getting outside. It may sound a little cliche but fresh air can be so soothing. 

 I also find being outdoors offers me a little more perspective and lets me think a bit more clearly, especially when feeling anxious. Studies have shown that being outside can also have a great effect on concentration as it can help ease everyday overstimulation, giving our brains a rest. I think this is especially something that people who suffer from anxiety can relate to. When I am anxious I tend to feel very heavy, overloaded and crowded. Getting outside and not being confined by four walls and a ceiling may only sound like a little thing but can instantly make me feel like I have room to breath a little.

Another thing that I don't usually notice when I am hiding away is how static I am. Being stuck inside and not moving around very much can darken anyone's mood and have a very real effect on anyone who suffers from anxiety/depression. Even just walking for around 30 minutes can be enough exercise to release some endorphins and can actually have a large impact on mood.

When my mood is feeling rather grey, even just adding some extra colour is a good thing and a change of surroundings even only for half an hour can really lift my mood. A study from the University of Glasgow showed that people who walked, biked or ran in nature had a lower risk of poor mental health than those who worked indoors. This is something I really relate to and even though I would not consider myself an outdoors kind of person, I find there is a correlation between the amount of time I spend inside and the amount of time I am struggling with MH issues.

I don't speak much about my anxiety and mental health challenges as I don't really feel very capable of discussing them, let alone giving advice. I just wanted to share a quick and accessible thing I do that helps me. Even when things are looking bleak, just changing your surroundings can give you a little bit of space, clarity and breathing room. So, even if you have just read this post and it has given you a little wanderlust for outside, then I consider that a job well done!


Do you have any anxiety/depression beating strategies? 

Let me know!
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15 comments

  1. Amazing post dear!

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  2. You were absolety right to go to the parc yesterday! I also find it a great way to improve my mood. and you took some beautiful pictures as well!

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    1. I always find it so soothing and refreshing! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. I wish we had parks like that around me. I love your writing style and photography! xx

    Emilys Beauty Thoughts

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    1. Thank you so much!! I love being just across the road from one but I am moving soon so it will be short lived :(

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  4. Loved this post - completely agree that putting yourself into a different environment can lift your mood so much, your photos are so beautiful by the way - which camera/lens did you use? :)

    Have a great weekend!
    Saida - saidacane.co.uk xx

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    1. Thanks Saida! I actually just use a Sony Cybershot bridge camera, no lens or anything, think the lighting was just good that day!

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    Sarah x
    sarahs--style.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I'll go check it out! :)

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  6. Love this post because I go through the same thing and I find that just being out in nature really does help! I also like going into the city, its very inspiring.

    xxMel
    goldrusssh.blogspot.com

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  7. I totally know what you mean! I always want to hide away but find just getting out for a little walk can do wonders for my mood. I try and go out walking everyday (as Im working from home at the moment), my fitbit motivates me too! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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