My first post on my spangly new blog. Finally I have got round to starting and would you believe with just enough time before I have to go pick up my son from school.
Life. It can be tough can't it? Why doesn't anyone ever tell you?
What use has the Pythagoras rule or whatever it is was been to me in life? My husband will read this and tell me many reasons why I am sure. But all those things they taught us at school, why didn't they teach us about work-life balance, about stress, anxiety, depression, dealing with worry etc??? I started a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Course a few weeks ago and when someone actually tells you about these things and how common they are and the physical symptoms associated with them - oh and the health risks, WOW. It is like someone has opened up the top of your head, poured in some magic potion that suddenly makes you realise what you have been wasting your time with for years.
This doesn't mean I am anywhere near being 'cured', if you can be cured of anxiety, but I am starting to see the fog lifting, slowly.
Blimey, I seem to have gone right on in there with the heavy stuff haven't I? I won't apologise as 1) I have been told to stop apologising and 2) it was clearly something I needed to start writing down.
So, this is my blog. To Outdoors and Beyond. I came up with the title when I was walking over Loughrigg Fell and mulling over possible names. This sits well with me as the blog will be about the Outdoors and the activities I do, the kit I like wearing and using, how to find a pair of trousers that doesn't make your arse look like the size of a small country, how to stop your skin resembling a sandstone rock formation but it will also be a lot about my journey since my diagnosis a few weeks back with anxiety and stress.
It is scientifically proven that exercise, both in and outdoors is good for your health, both physical and mental. The outdoors has always fed my soul and I am happiest up a mountain, on a river, clinging to a rock face or floating on the sea.
Oh - and I almost forgot. I have taken up Yoga. I bloody love it!! I can barely sit cross legged (ouch), seated folds are just beyond ridiculous and anything that involves 'opening my hips' is farcical, but I ADORE it! So, there will be blogs cropping up about this too. Don't worry though I do a mean Savasana (the bit at the end when you lie down and snooze).
To Outdoors and Beyond!