Hiking – Peaceful, Quiet & Mindfulness

How many things do you think about in a single second? How often do you just focus on one thing? I often am thinking about 2 or three things and sometimes need to just stop and only focus on a single task at a time. This can be really difficult to do sometimes. I just can’t or sometimes things just get in the way like your device that doesn’t leave your hand or just other people.

I have made some changes in my life to improve my personal ability to focus. Firstly we need to just look at what focus is.

“The state or quality of having or producing a clear visual definition”

So having the ability to start producing a clear vision or mindset. This can be done in many different ways. It can be best achieved in meditation. However, there are many different ways that you can imitate this with simple tasks or hobbies. I personal have always used hiking or walking to do this. It is simple, but can used as a focus point to give your mind a rest. I can also get this when going to the gym by myself.

If you are a introvert personality type, alone time can be really important to rest and re-energise yourself. Extroverts can find energy from others and can find multi-tasking energising too. However , all people need to the find time to rest/reset their minds. So that they don’t have to rely on keeping busy.

There are other ways to clear your mind that are in health related. I have used my commute to/from work before as a way to clear my mind from other distractions. This can be really helpful before walking into house to your family and being task with my other things.

While walking do you always put headphones on or listen to a podcast? Have you ever just concentrated on the next step forward? I personally find that doing this really helps to clear my head and restore my energy levels. I also find this when skiing, playing basketball and hiking on Dartmoor.

Try it next time you walk and let me know how you find it.

Jamie

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