Author Topic: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'  (Read 714 times)

sunnydale

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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #15 on: 22:30:19, 13/11/17 »
Mini goals are good. Eat well, sleep well and you will walk well. Don't listen to your inner chimp....


Have you read Prof. Steve Peter's book, Mind Management, by any chance?
I have a copy but haven't started it yet.
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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #16 on: 23:31:03, 13/11/17 »
Not sure you do beat it. Just recognise the beast for what it is and have a coping strategy like some on here have already said.  I get the walking "blues" from time to time. Did two walks this year. The SWCP from Plymouth to Poole was sunny all the way and I was constantly passing people. Got [censored]**d off from time to time but a positive disposition all the way. The Pennine Way (north to south in August and also solo) was different. The weather was bad, the track was boggy and I met virtually no-one on trail. Having done it before; I knew the route so on a couple of stages boredom set in (no stunning scenery or stiff climbs etc). Started feeling a bit sorry for myself. I think there is a sort of threshold beyond which you begin to feel a victim of events. Drop below the threshold (the sun comes out or the view takes your mind off things) and you feel in control again - or at least I do. Whilst in "victim" mode I seem to recall trying to sing all the songs from After the Goldrush seemed to help.. O0

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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #17 on: 12:16:38, 14/11/17 »
 This is a good one to walk to.Just ask a friendly farmer if you can borrow his shotgun. ;)

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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #18 on: 12:32:55, 14/11/17 »
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Some people may never have experienced this 'feeling' but I have, I've called it hiking depression, not a good description I'm sure but I can't think of a better one at the moment.

We called it the '3rd day Blues', with me it sometimes happens on the 4th or 5th day out.
I've heard it a form of home sickness.

I just bully through it.  O0 :)

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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #19 on: 14:31:16, 14/11/17 »
No I haven't read the book mentioned. I will take a look at it.

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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #20 on: 17:07:06, 14/11/17 »
Hi with me sometimes its lack of motivation but once I'm out I am fine and I find one of my regular walks I will walk the opposite direction just to stop becoming disheartened or bored. O0
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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #21 on: 18:18:28, 14/11/17 »
I remember a few years back on the West Highland way. At the end of day two from Balmaha to Inverarnan. The route is already difficult between Inversnaid and Inverarnan but the weather had been really wet. The route was littered with wet slippy tree roots, deep mud and paths running with water. I was tired wet and I def felt hiking depression.


I remember leaving you Reg to camp at The farm campsite while we made our way to accommodation at Tyndrum. At Tyndrum we saw a bus that said "Glasgow via Glasgow Airport". I genuinely felt that low I wanted to get on that bus to the airport and fly away to the sun.

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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #22 on: 18:39:27, 14/11/17 »
I suffer depression. At times it is 'severe'. This is code for 'suicidal thoughts'.
Surviving this usually involves coping strategies.
'Depression' on a crap day in crap weather is low mood. It would be perfectly normal and logical. They are different beasts.
Walking is partly a coping strategy, in so far as it is pretty hard to think about anything much when you are heaving your body up a steep slope.
Dragging yourself home after a knackering day on the hills is actually a good feeling :)

In GWs case, you are someone who enjoys company and discourse. I would imagine a day spent without meeting many, or particularly if anyone you did meet didn't want more than 'hello'.. you would struggle.
Personally I'm a listener, I'm happy not talking. Being alone is no big deal for me. Though I also welcome company. The dog isn't much for conversation either.
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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #23 on: 19:16:39, 14/11/17 »
;D Pleb are you feeling alright? Is this what you listen to cheer yourself up?  :o


Only when he's having a Bad Hair day.  ::)

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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #24 on: 19:31:33, 14/11/17 »
Only when he's having a Bad Hair day.  ::)

Has he been to Toni & Guy again?  :)
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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #25 on: 20:00:09, 14/11/17 »
Has he been to Toni & Guy again?  :)


No. He goes to Pleb's Kut Price Krew Kuts   :)


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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #26 on: 21:57:38, 14/11/17 »
He goes to Pleb's Kut Price Krew Kuts   :)

Ah, yes of course, they run the hairdressers in Karls Kut Price Tours accommodation don't they?  :D
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Re: How do you do beat 'hiking depression?'
« Reply #27 on: 09:45:16, 15/11/17 »
Shurrup. Just jealous  :P