May 11, 2018

Word of the Week | Outdoors

OUTDOORS

After the struggle that was last week (by the way, thank you all for your lovely comments - those who related to the introvert life, as well as those who sent well wishes), I'm happy to say that this one has been a big improvement!

I've felt so much better this week, back to my usual self, and whilst I would say that is partly to do with listening to my body, I would also attribute a portion of it to being able to get outdoors and explore.

The bank holiday weekend was beautiful, and we took full advantage of the weather by heading to a local nature spot that we haven't been to since last spring... Although it is local, for us without a car, it is a trek of sorts, which is why we haven't been in so long. We're very lucky to have such lush landscape around us here where we live in the South Wales Valleys, and we take full advantage of that, but there was something about this Saturday morning spring walk that left me coming away feeling rejuvenated. 

Approaching the site under a canopy of trees, with the sound of a flowing river beside us, we reached the main thoroughfare and took a path leading us up to one of the many woodland trails that can be explored. We didn't encounter another person as we wound up into the woodlands; taking in the beautiful morning light, Alexander & Nathan looking at insects of many kinds, bluebell meadows running alongside us, and occasionally coming to waterfalls which we crossed using wooden beams. You know those days you want to capture and remember forever, that's how I felt as we made our way back to the bus stop, and it was very much what I needed also - time with my favourite people, surrounded by the great outdoors in all its finery. 

I've always been someone who benefits greatly from being outdoors (& walking) in terms of mental health, and I'm a firm believer in nature playing a powerful role in our general wellbeing.

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  1. It sounds like the beautiful bank holiday weather was exactly what you needed. I totally agree that geting outside and taking a good long walk does wonder for your wellbeing. Hope you have a lovely weekend x

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    1. It really was, Angela - thank you so much. I hope you & your family are doing well x

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  2. I think you're so right, and I know just the sort of moments that you mean, you describe it so perfectly and vividly. I'm glad you've had a better week, hope you manage to get out and about again this coming week x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

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  3. Ahh! I am glad you are feeling a little better....
    It sounds like you visited the perfect spot to relax and unwind. x

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    1. Perfect indeed - we have a lot a local nature spots that we like to frequent, but I think exploring in one that we haven't for a while was a good idea; change of scenery almost. I hope you've had a lovely weekend.

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  4. That sounds like an idyllic walk, I have to agree, getting outside does lift your spirits.
    #wotw

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  5. I agree with you, walking helps with mental health. It's easier to relax while walking in the beautiful countryside.

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  6. Ah it sounds just idyllic, I love this time of year with fresh bluebells and everything stating to come to life. And how amazing has this weather been?

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    1. The weather had been just lovely - I hope you've been enjoying it!

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