23+ wellbeing things. No. 21 – Taking a mindful walk indoors

Even if you are self-isolating, you can still take a mindful walk.  If you have a garden with a central tree, shrub or some other focal point, so much the better, but otherwise just find or move something to the centre of a room to serve as your focal point with enough room to walk all around it.  A focal point that is tall or raised to a height that is comfortable to look at works best. 

Well, that’s the hard bit out of the way, the rest is easy!

Walk as gently and gracefully as you can in circles around the focal point.  Keep your eyes focused on the object you are focusing on at all times to prevent yourself from becoming dizzy.  You may find it easier to try twisting from the waist (not the hips) upwards to save you getting a crick in your neck.  After circling three times, change direction and walk around it the other way three times, and so on. 

Each time you circle the object, notice more about it.  What qualities does it have?  Do the colours seem more or less intense than you remembered them?  What imperfections does it have?  What new things can you notice about it with each passing step? 

You can get a surprising amount of exercise for the whole body quite quickly without ever leaving your living room this way, and combine it with a mindful meditation. 

Twisting from the waist is a great exercise for releasing tension deep in the body where people most often stiffen when they sit for long periods, but the flipside of this is that you need to take care to work well within your limits.  There is no point straining muscles in an attempt to relax!

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