Take A Walk

Today’s Daily Stoic Meditation outlines the simple power of taking a walk

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“We should take wandering outdoor walks, so that the mind might be nourished and refreshed by the open air and deep breathing.”

— SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 17.8

Getting Caught Up

It is incredibly easy to get caught up.

Rather than looking objectively, rather than taking breaks, rather than expressing gratitude, we can get caught up.

We can get caught up in;

  • Work
  • Relationships
  • Emotions
  • The future

We can get caught up in pretty much anything.

The Risks

Spending all your time caught up in trivial problems is incredibly fatal.

When you spend time caught up, stressing and anxious;

  • You lose objectivity
  • You become less productive
  • You become less happy
  • You may be controlled by your emotions
  • You become less creative

Take A Walk

As advised by the stoics, take a walk!

Whether you feel yourself getting caught up or not doesn’t matter, for you can take a walk at any time.

What matters is that you implement walking into your daily routine.

Why?

As outlined by Seneca, the mind is nourished by open air and deep breathing.

Walks, long or short, are a chance to rest. Walks are a chance to refresh.

Walking gives your mind a break from tireless work, so that when you return, you’re much more energetic, alive and productive!

Make It A Habit

The best thing you can do with taking a walk is to make it into a habit!

Rather than just doing it randomly, perhaps once a month when you remember, you can cultivate a strong habit that adds routine!

Make walking into perhaps a daily or weekly habit, depending on what suits your life.

Why?

To cultivate a strong walking habit is absolutely imperative.

  • It ensures that you do not forget
  • You begin to enjoy it more
  • You may challenge yourself (and go on longer walks etc)
  • You’ll be much calmer and relaxed in every day life

If you make walking a strong habit, there’s little chance that you’ll forget!

How?

There’s one key to make anything a habit; consistent practice.

To make something stick, you just need to repeat it.

Of course, there’s a bunch of other things I’ve outlined in an article that help with habit formation, but consistent practice is a great starting point.

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