Self-Care Challenge - Go for a Walk

Let’s take a long walk around the park after dark
Find a spot for us to spark
Conversation, verbal elation, stimulation
Share our situations, temptations, education, relaxations
Elevations, maybe we can talk about Surah 31:18
— https://genius.com/Jill-scott-a-long-walk-lyrics
 

Day two of the self-care challenge, go for a walk.  Like my mother, in her pre-stroke days, walking was more than just an exercise, it was a mode of transportation.  Living in New York City, walking to your destination is sometimes the most quickest and least expensive way to getting to where you want to go.  Unlike for day 1 of this self-care challenge, walking is a task that I do without even trying.  Walk around the neighborhood, walk to the local supermarket, walk to and from work are just a few of the times that I will walk around.

On this first workday for me in the New Year, I saw the train station and walked right past it and kept on going. With music playing in my ears and the cool air hitting my face, I calmly took a 25 minute walk from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal to my office building.  According to my fitness watch, I walked over 5,000 steps in the 1.3 mile walk.  I haven’t walked to work in so long, I haven’t walked back to the ferry in the evening in a long time either, but I made it.  Will this be my morning routine of commuting to work?  I don’t know but it was a start.

Everyone should take a certain number of minutes of a walk every day.  You don’t have to have a fancy watch to monitor your activity.  I just enjoy walking to clear my thoughts before moving on to something else.  I walk home to transition my mind from work to home tasks and vice versa in the morning. Sometimes it works especially when I don’t look at the work phone.

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