Weekends are great aren’t they?

I like dogs, but I like cats more. Dogs are needy whereas cats come and go as they please. They don’t need attention constantly like dogs do. A bit like my personality! But I still love all animals and they brought wine as payment which is fine by me.

I’ve just been out with mum’s dogs as we’re looking after them until later on tonight. as It’s a grey but light morning. The sun is shining and it’s cold. I decided to drive them to the local recreation ground as it’s the closest thing to us. I think I’m looking forward to it as much as the dogs! I drive there quickly as the whining behind me is a little annoying but them I want to get out myself. It’s only a five minute walk but Saffie is getting old and I don’t want her legs to get tired.

The dogs were very restless in the car. But that’s only because they knew what was coming.

We had a nice long stroll around it, and I get the wanger out for Bruno as he loves playing fetch. Sometimes I worry about him. He won’t stop no matter how hot or exhausted he might be. This morning was no exception.

We returned back about an hour later. Both dogs are now both sleeping next to me, and Lee is upstairs still in bed. This is the reason why I love weekends. They’re relaxing and quiet, just how I like it. It gives me a chance to write, and I get to clear my head.

Exercise is well known for being great for anyone suffering with a mental illness. Me being one of them. I hate the sound of ‘mental illness’ but having anxiety is a mental illness. I don’t get as much exercise as I should though.

If you are a sufferer I would wholeheartedly recommend doing a bit of exercise each day. You get some fresh air and can appreciate your surroundings.

Any exercise releases endorphins into your blood stream which reacts with your brain. These such chemicals have very positive effects on the body and are known to give a similar feeling to morphine.

Such benefits include:

Reduced stress levels

Improves sleep

Has a positive impact on anxiety and depression

Lowers blood pressure

strengthens your heart and lungs

Now for the best bit – some piccies!

beautiful daffodils
Some lovely daffodils sprouting on the verge
bobbly tree
A bobbly tree on the side of the field.
bruno dog walking
Handsome Bruno waiting for me to get the ball out
bruno dog walking 2
I made it so Bruno ran away and came back so I could get this photo. Haha
elegant tree
A huge tree just chilling

lovely view
The field looks a lot bigger in real life. The whole park is surrounded by old Victorian houses and looks even better in summer.
saffie dog walking
Fat little Saffie chasing away the birds

If you get a chance, get outside and walk. I know suffering from anxiety and depression makes it massively difficult to leave the house sometimes though. But even just walking around the block will definitely help. Your confidence will build as you do more and it’ll help I promise.

What are you up to this weekend?! Let me know 🙂

8 comments on “Why a Brisk Walk Is Great For the Brain and Anxiety”

  1. Whenever I’m stressed I go for a walk. It always helps me clear my head and by the time I get back, I usually have an answer or solution to my problem! Great post 🙂

  2. I too suffer from anxiety, it’s usually really bad on the weekends and moderate during the weekday. My job is stressful & I abandon exercise usually. I plan on going Monday but we will see. Your parents dogs are adorable! That’s a pretty cool tree too. Happy Sunday!

    • Hi Lesley! I know what you mean about the job – a lot of the time my anxiety is caused by work and it’s not great. Good luck with today with your exercise – remember anything little is better than nothing! I’m not a massive fan of dogs (as you can prob tell by the post) but they are well behaved 🙂 Happy Monday!

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