Wellbeing Walks: a beacon of hope

Simon, RWC Learner

December 12, 2023

Huge thanks to our learner Simon, for kindly sharing his experience of our recent Creative Wellbeing Walks.  We are so pleased that these have made such a positive difference to his life.  If you are inspired by Simon’s story, watch out for more of our Creative Wellbeing Walks in Spring 2024.

The Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College creative wellbeing walks offer more than just a stroll through scenic paths; they provide a lifeline for those grappling with mental health issues. As someone who was thrust into the isolating world of working from home and subsequently diagnosed with depression, these walks became a pivotal part of my healing journey.

Being confined to solitude for extended periods exacerbated my condition. The walks, however, became a beacon of hope, a doorway to escape the suffocating grasp of depression. Stepping outside into nature’s embrace brought an immediate sense of calm. The rustling leaves, chirping birds, and the gentle breeze whispered solace, easing the weight on my shoulders.

What truly made these walks transformative was the camaraderie they fostered. Interacting with fellow participants, sharing stories, and simply engaging in conversations dissolved the walls of isolation. The sense of belonging cultivated during these walks was a balm for my soul.

Gradually, as I made these walks a weekly ritual, I noticed a profound shift within me. The heaviness lifted, and a newfound lightness settled in. The amalgamation of nature’s therapeutic touch and the warmth of human connection acted as a catalyst for my recovery.

Now, having returned to work, I credit much of my progress to these wellbeing walks. They not only helped alleviate my depression but also equipped me with coping mechanisms to navigate life’s challenges. They served as a reminder of the profound impact nature and community can have on mental wellbeing.

In essence, the Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College wellbeing walks are not merely about putting one foot in front of the other; they are a testament to the transformative power of nature and human connection in healing the mind and soul.

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