I feel honoured to have had my article ‘How walking has helped me with my PTSD recovery‘, published by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is America’s largest grassroots mental health organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the many people affected by mental illness. In the article, I describe how walking has helped my recovery. I look at the benefit of walks for physical and mental healing. Towards the end of 2020, I had a bad accident. A van hit me as I was crossing a road, and I ended up in hospital with fractured vertebrae for almost two weeks. A week after my recovery, I started to experience distressing flashbacks, and a few weeks later, I was diagnosed with PTSD.
As I embarked on the long road of recovery, walking became key to my physical and mental wellbeing.
How can walking help your recovery?
So, how can walking help you with your physical and emotional recovery? What benefits does walking have on our wellbeing? For me, walking is a source of joy as well as healing. But how can it help you reduce the severity of your PTSD symptoms and manage them? Why is walking an ideal form of movement for those experiencing PTSD?
Walking has become my self-care practice, something I always look forward to. In fact, there was not much going on during the pandemic, so walks became the highlight of my day. Whilst going out for the first time after my accident was naturally stressful and overwhelming, I learnt how to control these feelings.
I believe that going for walks in nature is the best therapy. And it is free! It can soothe your soul and calm you down. Walking helped me enormously on my recovery journey, and I believe it can help you too. That’s why I decided to share my experience on NAMI Blog…read more here.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of walking for your general wellbeing and how can walking combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, you can check my previous post here.
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