"Mentally" Getting Out Of The House

by Rebecca Rushton BSc(Pod)

Cabin fever. Four walls. Kids. TV. Devices. No doubt you’re busting to unplug, get out of the house and breathe some fresh air. If you’re anything like me, you probably can’t wait to go for a long walk in the bush (wilderness) and camp out under the stars for a few nights. Get away from it all and interact with nature again.

In all seriousness, maintaining one’s mental health has proved to be a very real challenge in this covid-19 pandemic. With restrictions on when we can leave the house, how we can exercise, where we can exercise, it can get a bit depressing at times. So here are 3 ways you can “mentally” get out of the house and break out of the lockdown blues.

 

1) Reminisce

Take a look back at photos from previous hikes, trips and holidays. Relive the smells, the scenery, the highs, the lows, the things you did, the people you met, the challenges you overcame. These are the memories you’ve made for exactly this purpose – to think back on fondly and lift your spirits. Reminisce with your spouse and kids about that Easter camping trip down south years ago where you cooked damper for the first time. Call up a mate and laugh about that ski trip you took together in New Zealand. You never know, they might just need a lift themselves.

Of course, if you’re really struggling, there are resources and avenues for you to talk to someone and get professional and practical help. Beyond Blue's dedicated caronavirus resources are a great place to start. 

 

camping and making damper

 

2) Plan your next hike, even if it’s imaginary

Get out the maps and plot the trail you’d love to walk when these travel restrictions ease. Or take a look at some fabulous online trail resources for trails in your area.

My personal favourite for Australia is from Trail Hiking Australia. It’s the most comprehensive I’ve seen. Just look at all the trails they've covered in Tasmania! Each walk is distanced and graded so you know what you’re up for. Click here to get started, select your state and start exploring! This is a brilliant way to pass the time and put a smile on your face at the same time.

 

hiking trails in tasmania
Look at all the trails you can walk, run or bike in Tasmania - https://www.trailhiking.com.au/map-view-tasmania/

 

walks are graded
 Trail Hiking Australia grades each walk

 

Alternatively, AllTrails does a great job of showcasing trails all over the world. Each trail is graded, timed/measured and reviewed. Here are the links to the top eleven countries that frequent the Blister Prevention website:

 

Next, start thinking about the logistics of getting there and back, what food you’ll eat, water supplies, what gear to pack and all that. There's heaps to think about here - this could keep you occupied for days! Here are a few resources to help you cover all the bases.

 

3) Educate yourself

First aid is probably the most important skill you can brush up on. it’s a bit tricky when there’s no face-to-face classes being run. But that’s not to say there aren’t reputable resources you can learn from.

 

Bonus activity: Restock your medical kits

It’s not unusual to sprain your ankle, burn your hand or get a foot blister whilst hiking, reach into your first aid kit, only to realise you’ve run out of the exact thing you need. So, whilst you have this downtime, pull your first aid and blister kits out and lay out all their contents. Is anything missing? Based on your new-found knowledge, is there anything you’d like to add? Do you know how to use everything in it? 

 

lay out your blister kit
Take a look at what's in your blister kit and restock 

 

From my end, I can offer some tips for foot care items and gear you’ll need to pack. To help you get started, I’ve prepared a list of categories and products you can consider adding to your gear and kit. You can download the list here.

 

foot care packing kit
Foot care packing list for your next multiday hike - download here

 

Wrapping up

Try and make the most of the extra time you have on your hands. Reminisce over previous trips; plan your next outdoor adventure; upskill and educate yourself; and restock your medical kits.

If you've got questions, you can ask me anything you like, every Thursday at 8am (Perth time GMT+8hrs) on Facebook on The Blister Hour.





Rebecca Rushton BSc(Pod)
Rebecca Rushton BSc(Pod)

Author

Podiatrist, blister prone ex-hockey player, foot blister thought-leaderauthor and educator. Can’t cook. Loves test cricket.


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