Walking the Walk: Hygge Challenge Week One

Walking the Walk

Earlier this week Darcy introduced hygge, the lifestyle philosophy we are exploring to help us live fuller lives. I love that this philosophy is really all about how small changes can make all the difference in our happiness. Many of us don’t take enough time for ourselves, but we need to!

One of the ways I take care of myself mentally throughout the year is to consistently go on walks.

Every day that we have time for it, we go for a walk after work. These walks allow us to decompress and to clear our heads. We use them to talk, to breath in the fresh air, to take time for ourselves without the busyness of everything else around us.

Once you start walking, you fall in love with it, but it can be hard at first to make that time for yourself. When you're used to getting home and cleaning, making dinner, or sitting on the couch, it can be hard to say to yourself: GET OUTSIDE! But this is what hygge is all about; creating space for fulfilling activity.

Because I know it can be hard, I wanted to put together some tips to help you get the most out of walking.

1) Explore questions
There are many question lists out there to explore. What I love about lists like this, is that no matter how much you know about a person, you can always learn more. There are so many parts of our mind to explore, so why not explore them while exploring the world. The New York Times  published this great article a few years ago, and it is a great one to start with.

2) Identify plants
One way to stay sharp is to pay attention to your surroundings. It’s fun to learn about the plants that surround you and technology has made it much easier for us to learn so much more. I’ve tried the “Garden Answers” app, but there are many others out there as well.

3) Challenge yourself to learn about architecture
We live in an old neighborhood with a lot of different houses, so as we walk around we try to notice the different structures and to learn about architecture through this. It’s amazing how much you notice when you challenge yourself to open your eyes to what’s around you.

Walk the walk and give yourself a new found love for the outdoors as you try to incorporate daily walks into your life. Transform your life with a few simple steps.

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