PTSD Relief

Having recently been diagnosed with PTSD, I have been prescribed road cycling, mountain biking and hiking by my psychiatrist. When I’m outdoors in the fresh air I feel as if the veil of darkness that clouds my day is completely lifted. When I’m alone cycling or hiking I’m relaxed which subconsciously gives my brain chance to process my memories which aides the PTSD recovery process. If you know anyone who is silently suffering please drag them outside for something as simple as a walk, it works wonders.

Submitted by an anonymous but marvellous man.

You won’t know if you don’t try

You will be surprised at what you’re capable of if you allow yourself to be fully immersed in different experiences. An opportunity might seem scary or unfamiliar to begin with, but trust yourself as you jump in wholeheartedly. You will only grow greater if you try in the first place.

Submitted by Rachel Gibson – follow her on Instagram.

Wilderness Therapy

Journey inside, outside with IPSE Wilderness. Inspire yourself, prove yourself, serve yourself, empower yourself by taking part in a therapeutic walking pilgrimage for women.

We guide groups through different landscapes and moods, relishing the simplicity and freedom of a slow-paced walking journey with a shared purpose; to find well-being in life. We give time and space to de-tech, de-stress, de-contextualise and enjoy quiet immersion in nature, dropping into a softer rhythm of life where peace, joy and self-actualisation can be accessed. We use counselling skills, co-listening structures, meditative practices and sharing circles to help you to open up and speak their truth with honesty and integrity. We build isomorphic connections between the features of the physical landscape, and the emotional landscape of the participants, creating resonances which can generate insight and clarity. We create empowered, strongly-bonded groups which support you to walk the talk, enacting change in life back in the real world.

Submitted by Julia Gillick – follow Julia on Twitter or visit IPSE’s website or follow them on Facebook.

Invest in you

It’s easy to be put off making the initial leap into an outdoor activity by the cost of kit. Think of it as an investment in you. I spent a fair amount of money on a wetsuit, socks, gloves, tow float, hat, in order to start going wild swimming. It is without a doubt, the best money I have ever spent. I feel happier, healthier and more in control of my life than I can ever remember.

Submitted by Diane Cannon – follow her on Instagram.

You are capable, you are strong enough.

There is always a mental block for women in the initial stages of participating in something that is male-led. Just sack off that feeling of anxiety – you are capable and you are strong enough. You’ll never build on yourself if you don’t take opportunities that challenge you. The Great Outdoors is amazing for your physical side, but even better mentally and emotionally. You’d be surprised at how far you can push yourself and how much it ends up improving your life indoors!

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Embrace being a beginner

Women are very very often shy about their achievements, trying to stay in the background, “happier” in the role of a support team for whoever is trying to achieve success.

From my professional experience from working in personal development, I realised that very accomplished women – mothers, managers often undermine their achievements or are not sure about trying something new. This is especially difficult in the outdoor arena since participating in a lot of these sports would mean being the only girl on the trip.

Advice to you all out there (and I surely have to take it in big time): just go for it. Embrace the stage of being a beginner. For once, let your partner support YOU on a sports endeavour. Take time for yourself. Go for it. Give yourself pep talks, breathe in and out and go for it. Life truly does begin at the end of the zone where everything is doable, but doing something that seems super scary will give you more confidence, will help you grow, will help you become a better partner, parent, employee, woman.

Just…. GO for it and know you have the support of all of us! xoxo, K.

Submitted by Katarina Mulec – visit her website or follow her on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Don’t feel guilty for having ‘you time’

Being a mother of three small boys (5, 3 and 8 months), any time I wasn’t at work or looking after them I felt guilty as I started to take the odd hour to myself. Yet spending an hour paddle boarding or running made the world of difference to my mood and my ability to cope at home. Now I just enjoy ‘my time’ whenever I can! Seize every opportunity.

Submitted by Lucinda Lyne.

Have a bit of faith in yourself…

So often I see and hear women beating themselves down: ‘I’ll never be ready to attend that training’, ‘I won’t be able to keep up’, ‘I’m really sorry if this isn’t an appropriate comment to make …’.

Men don’t have these worries. They see the world as theirs to take and they take it. If we want equality we have to do that. We have to see the opportunities put in front of us and back ourselves to take them. We are skilled, we have things to offer, our contributions are valid, and we’ll almost definitely be able to keep up! We need to start backing ourselves and putting ourselves out there. Women now make up 47% of participants in outdoor and extreme recreation, we need to start actually occupying that space!

Submitted by Nicola Carmen – follow her on Instagram.

Spend time outside alone

I recently went on a two week hiking/camping holiday alone. I can’t recommend it enough.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Spend time together!

My husband is my favourite climbing partner. Period. BUT, the times I spend working climbs and going on climbing trips with just women have been inspiring and empowering. Spend time with women. Empower and encourage them to do their best. I believe this makes us stronger and happier!

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.