Spending time walking your dog ticks lots of boxes when it comes to taking care of your mental health. Here are my top 3 reasons why walking your dog is a great way to take care of your mental wellbeing.

Boosts Your Mood 

  • You are outside, breathing fresh air and absorbing vitamin D… two of the top mood boosters.
  • You are moving your body therefore your endorphins will automatically start to kick in (aka the happy hormone).
  • It is a great reason to meet up with a friend to walk together… spending time with someone you like will energise you.
  • You are removing yourself from screens which gives your eyes and brain a much needed rest.

Creates Routine & Space

  • A daily walk forces you to take time out by ring fencing time for non-negotiable breaks. It is something you can’t put off until tomorrow.
  • You are creating a healthy rhythm to your day (and week) where you will operate at a different pace. When out walking you simply can’t be on a call, cook dinner and check emails – you switch gears.
  • If you are anything like me, I chat to my dog whilst we are walking… by talk, I mean a full on download! Getting stuff out of your head is always helpful so that it doesn’t fester. A good rant or reflection is a great way to destress. Plus he always agrees with me and never interrupts… the perfect download partner.

Sense of Achievement

  • You have done something that’s important to you and has brought joy… your little friend is now sleeping at your feet and there is a sense of happiness and fulfilment all around.