Why Walking/Driving for Pleasure is Important

Why Walking/Driving for Pleasure is Important

As the weather becomes warmer, I find myself growing restless. I have the urge to go kayaking, hiking, swimming, and hammocking. I look forward to the company of my friends and the variety of new music being released. However, this year calls for a new approach to summer. My goal is to maintain my mental and physical health, while also being respectful of the current guidelines in place. An activity which fulfills all these requirements is driving or walking in solidarity.

When driving or walking, the opportunities are endless. This makes them a perfect cure for restlessness. To cure boredom, you can choose to explore a nearby town. You could also try new things from your local fast food places. To clear your mind, you can listen to a new album from your favorite artist. You could also just sit in silence. However, no matter what you do, you will come home with a renewed mind and energy to take on the rest of the day. Both walking and driving have significant benefits, such as improved sleep quality, alleviated depression, and reduced anxiety. There are also health benefits to just walking, like improved digestion, enhanced balance, and improved blood levels and circulation.

During times of uncertainty, it is hard to feel in control. However, it is of crucial importance that you listen to your body and its needs. This means maintaining a balance between what you are asked to do by others and what you want to do for yourself. For example, splitting time in between self care, outside time, and homework. (In this case, driving/walking would occupy your outside time.) I understand that this may feel like putting a small bandage on a big wound. However, in the words of Olaf, “We’re calling call this, controlling what you can when things feel out of control.”