Mind- Reset

In the current social climate, our mental health is taking on new challenges; new perspectives, and we are tested to newfound limits. We are given the opportunity to grow from these experiences, build mental strength and resilience.

Not dissimilar to a multi-day hike, these tests, and trials we collectively face in overcoming this virus, build the same mental fortitude in the physical challenge from a multi-day hike. The latter giving you a cathartic experience and nature immersion to soothe the soul.

So whilst Melbournian’s face lockdown for the next 6 weeks, let’s use this time to plan our ‘great escape’ and find a physical/mental challenge that you can set as a goal – do something that you always wanted to, something that scares you or challenges your comfortability.

Perhaps you’re new to hiking or wanting to create an adventurous goal to work towards, using your time for focussed attention and drive will cultivate a positive mindset.

When we push outside our perceived and figuratively drawn lines we step into an empowered version of self.

Through hiking and exploring nature we are primed to come through whatever challenges faced, wiser, and stronger.

Power hikers Vicki & Fiona at the summit of Mt Oberon - March Retreat 2020

There are a number of considerations before taking on a multi-day hike from how you move; how you nourish your body and strengthen mental capacity. Each aspect is interconnected and required for such an experience.

Last week on the blog I discussed the importance of injury prevention for hikers. We can’t aimlessly wander off into the wild without preparing body and mind for the task. As important, this week I explore how Mindset plays a role in achieving our goals. Whether a weekend hiking, fitness goal, or otherwise, these key factors still apply.

Play the long game- Instant gratification V Reward

In our current society, we have access to almost anything we want through a few clicks. Instant connectivity, answers, and uber eat in under 15mins. The idea of delayed reward or satisfaction is somewhat outdated but I still believe it has a place and is an important element in what constitutes well-being.

The concept of having something to look forward to being a camping trip, overseas holiday (not for a while Victoria), a birthday party or Christmas builds excitement, anticipation and this in itself is what brings so much joy to our lives. It isn’t a quick hit of instant gratification but something to be excited for that is yet to come.