Walking and talking is an effective and innovative therapy that suits so many people because it provides a great opportunity to work through those issues that get in the way of our progress and keep us stuck in old ways of thinking.
Some people are really comfortable discussing their concerns and issues outside in nature rather than in the therapy room and this way of working can be effective for people of all ages. Some individuals love to stride along, deep in thought and conversation while they make sense of what’s going on in their lives and others enjoy walking at a gentle pace and find being in nature restful and reassuring. Whatever the pace, people who enjoy this way of working relish the feeling of being connected to the outside world as well as the freedom it gives them to talk about anything they want to talk about while feeling totally grounded.
But, what about the notorious Scottish climate, this wonderful summer with its blazing sunshine and balmy evenings is hardly the norm. In fact, a very dear friend of mine recently commented that working outdoors might be a bit challenging in our more inclement conditions. But, it’s important to remember that walking and talking in nature doesn’t depend on the sun shining on us, to paraphrase Billy Connolly, “there is no bad weather, just bad clothes!” Many people love dramatic and interesting weather conditions and can think of nothing better than pulling on waterproof clothing and stout shoes or trainers and heading out in to the elements.
Being outdoors anytime, whether skies are blue or grey, can ground us and remind us that there is a big world out there beyond ourselves, our homes and our workplaces and that we are all part of that wider world.
It has to be said that this way of working doesn’t suit everyone as some people will always prefer the warmth and comfort of being safely ensconced indoors but, if you have tried other therapies and felt they weren’t for you, maybe walking and talking in the great outdoors could be a brilliant and effective alternative. Why not give it a try?
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