I haven't been so well lately. Apparently I've had a respiratory virus. It left me short of breath, tight chested, bunged up, coughing and feeling all over pretty bloody grim. Obviously no anti biotics, which I'm sure has prolonged what has lasted all of February.
The consequence of this is that I've spent a huge amount of time indoors, which quite frankly has left me feeling fairly low in mood.
From this came an urge to walk. Walk and walk and walk.
So I did.
We're lucky enough to have open green space very close to our house, and a park where dog walkers stroll. Fed up with hearing myself saying I felt ill, one morning I put on my trainers and started walking. I could have walked for miles if I wasn't so out of breath!
Since then, I've starting walking every morning. Just half an hour around the park and the green area. It's been brilliant for my mental health and well being.
I'm now in my third week of walking, and if for some reason I can't walk that day, I feel a massive urge to do so the next day.
It's been a little life changing to be honest.
I'm also reading a lot too - I mean 'a lot' because I usually have a book on the go anyway, but over the past two months, I'm finishing one and devouring another. I'm also playing about with different genres too, including crime fiction, and also going back to the classics. I've just finished Ann Granger's 'An Unfinished Murder', and then started Guillermo Martinez's 'The Book of Murder', which I ate in three days. I'm just about to start F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'.
I'm fortunate I can read with noise around me (even having two almost teenage boys doesn't disturb me!), and I can pick up a book anywhere and get straight back into the flow.
I tend to use the school run as time to catch up - I'm no longer 'needed' on the playground so I wait in the car instead, pulling out a book is ideal.
So, walking and reading - what saviours, because as busy as life is, and as guilty as you may feel sometimes, you really need to take the opportunity (when you can), to clear your head and escape.