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For the past years that I've been a psychotherapist, I've loved taking my longer daily walks. Around city streets, malls, train stations, or parks.
Amid terrible traffic in Manila, I've preferred more to walk if possible than commute or drive. It appears to me to be a superior alternative to using a car that adds only to the traffic.
Having to constantly deal with the stresses and wounds in people's lives, walking keeps my sanity. It protects my physical health too.
My daily walks are good for helping me solve problems. It's like my two feet are little psychotherapists!
Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, says, "Walking is man's best medicine." He's proven right by scientific and medical health studies.
Research shows that regular and longer walks not only increase your chances of living longer. It's also found to help get more energy, lose weight, and stay healthy and positive.
Once, in a group session, my client Paul suddenly stood up and walked away. He couldn't stand the heat. But after several minutes of a longer walk, he came back to the session.
As a writer would describe it, "The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk." Thoughts come clearly when one walks.
I take my daily walks for mental, spiritual, and physical health. It's a sure prescription for everyone of us searching for overall well being.
Heed Soren Kierkegaard's words:
"Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day, I walk my self into a state of well being and walk away from every illness. I have walked my self into my best thoughts. And I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it."