I am making a change to Daisies and Bruises, although it will still be related to self care and mental health. Daisies and Bruises has been my journey throughout mental health problems, from day one when I was extremely suicidal, to today, the happiest I have ever been. As most of you would know, there were two major things that helped me get through what was probably the toughest time of my life – this blog, and walking.
Thats why I have decided to focus on walking more on this blog, sharing the trails I walk in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. The idea for this came to me the other day, when I met two distressed people on my daily hike. They had taken a wrong turn and found themselves in an unfamiliar place. I walked them back down the mountain to their car (I know these mountains like the back of my hand), and advised them the best routes to take. So, I thought I would start sharing some local routes I take, and if you ever find yourself in the Brecon Beacons, you may want to try some yourself!
By doing this, I will be showing you what I did almost every day last summer, and how the views and peaceful surroundings put me a step into the right direction. I hope just by reading this post, and looking at the pictures, that you too will feel a sense of relaxation and take your mind off those pesky thoughts.
So lets start:
Yesterday I decided to something a little different from your average hike. I climbed to the top of a local landmark called Dinas Rock.
It’s not an easy walk up, the trail is very narrow and grown over with bushes and stingy’s. It is very steep, and some climbing of rocks is involved. But that doesn’t mean the view at the top doesn’t make it all worth your time and effort. You overlook the local village, and all of it’s surrounding forestry.
After a stressful few days, this walk is all that I needed. It was a rather windy day, so the fresh air and warm sunshine just made it perfect. There is something about sitting up on the edge of a cliff, at such a height, and just watching the world go by. I always go hiking alone, and this destination was the perfect place to gather my thoughts, and sort some things out.
If you ever decide to come to Dinas Rock, and are wondering how you can get to the top, here are some quick instructions. From the car park, walk up to the Sychryd Falls walk:
Continue on this walk for a short distance, and on the left you will see the entrance. As I mentioned, this walk is not an easy one, and can be very dangerous if you are not fully prepared. This is the entrance:
What calms you and your mental health down? Is it the outdoors? Or maybe something a little more personal to you. Whatever it is, the most important thing I have learnt over the past year is to always find time for what you love. We can all get so caught up with work and commitments, but taking care of yourself should be a priority (even if it isn’t your first), and doing what you love is the most effective and cheapest form of self-care there is.