Five tips to enjoy a wintertime walk
I love a good winter walk, and fortunately, so do the kids and the dogs! In winter, there’s so much to enjoy – the bright sunshine in the sky, crunchy frosty paths and burning off some of those Christmas calories. It’s especially enjoyable when you wrap up warm in thick socks, wellies, gloves, scarves and hats. And that feeling when you get home all cosy with rosy cheeks all round!
Walking makes people happier and healthier. It has certainly helped us to stay healthy and boost our wellbeing during this year. And there’s so much you can do too.
Because I know this year has been tough for many. For those who have said goodbye to a loved one, perhaps a walk can help you to focus on that special someone. So I’m writing this blog to give you some ideas to inspire you during those winter walks, with a hint of remembering the good times and treasuring the memories of those who have passed.
Listen to what you enjoy
I don’t know about you, but recently I’ve discovered podcasts, so when I get the rare opportunity to a walk with just me and the dogs, I love to listen to my favourites. The comedy ones really uplift my mood, but I also like to listen to heart-warming ones too – ‘Grief is My Superpower’ by Mark Lemon is a favourite. It’s very humbling to hear how different people deal with life after loss.
And if music is your thing, then why not listen to that too? Or even the radio? Perhaps you and a loved one had a shared passion for a particular music artist. Listening to these can help you to focus on the happy times you shared.
If you are out and about with the kids – making sure they run off some of that Christmas excitement and wearing them out – how about a scavenger hunt? They could find items that are different shapes, colours or even different plants, bugs or birds! There’s so much for them to see.
Depending on which tier you are in, if you are allowed to meet people from other households, why not get together to share some of those special memories of your loved one. Perhaps a ramble to a special place or even where you scattered their ashes. And hearing others love for that special person will bring comfort.
Discover your town centre
If countryside isn’t your thing or is difficult to get to, when was the last time you wondered around your town centre? I’ve enjoyed doing Treasure Trails in my local area. I think they’re supposed to be for the kids, but actually I’ve enjoyed finding out things about the area that I didn’t know before. It also takes you on routes you might not yet have discovered.
Pack a picnic
Food is always a winner, particularly when you’re on a long walk or ramble. I like to pack my favourite foods when I go…they give me such a boost and when it’s totally delicious, what’s not to like?! But it doesn’t necessarily have to be about your favourites – why not pack a picnic full of foods your loved one enjoyed.
Perhaps an afternoon tea packed in lunchboxes and flasks. Or if they preferred the simpler things in life, perhaps a pork pie and bag of crisps. Whatever will help you remember that special someone can really uplift your walk.
Walking with joyous memories
I hope this blog has inspired you to enjoy any walks you take over the festive break and throughout the winter months. And given you some ideas how you can incorporate the happy memories of a loved one at the same time.
Before you go, if you feel you haven’t had chance to give a loved one the send-off they deserve this year, then please do get in touch. We would love to help you organise a Celebration of Life for them and are here to support you and to create something unique and magical for them.