Take on a challenge and win a family adventure
Evidence from the NHS suggests that there are 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. Following their advice this Walktober as part of International Walking Month, My Journey recommend you try them all to help you feel happier and more positive, so you are able to get the most out of life. Complete a challenge below and submit for a chance to win a family pack of return Red Jet tickets to the Isle of Wight, donated by Red Funnel. Terms and Conditions apply.
Challenge: Enjoy a family walk
Grab your family and friends and encourage them to join Tidy Tide Mill & Goatee Beach Fun with you. You get to re-connect and spend time with your favourite people whilst out on a rather beautiful walk. Jump on the bus or train there for extra brownie points. If you live further afield, search nearby in the app and find a different Hampshire walk to enjoy. We highly recommend Hamble Rail Trail walk or Southampton Common Explorer walk.
2. Be active
Challenge: Get some lunchtime exercise
Walking is fun, free and easy. If you're in the city for work and you’re keen to get your steps up but don't want to get sweaty, we highly recommend the "Walk the Walls" route. If you live further afield, search nearby in the app and find a different Hampshire walk to enjoy such as the Nature fix pit stop in Pompey walk or A Nature Ticket in Ryde walk. Try and make it a new habit, walking is good for you physically and mentally.
3. Keep learning
Challenge: Enjoy an educational/historical walk
Did you know that learning new skills and information can give you a sense of achievement and help build your confidence? Turn into your very own history buff, impress your friends and do the "Titanic Tour of Southampton". If you fancy doing a different one, try The IOW Heritage Trail walk or Hurst Castle walk, they are just as fun and full of facts. Why not tell us what you learned over on social media?
4. Give to others
Challenge: Take a friend for a walk
Even the smallest act of kindness can help make you feel good and improve your mental wellbeing. Saying "good morning", donating to charity or lending a hand to someone in need, all count. Why not create your own walk in the Go Jauntly app to share with the rest of the community or take a neighbour out for a cuppa and a jaunt. Try this walk or one of these other ones, St Giles Hill and King Allan Way or Riverside Jaunting & The White Swan .
5. Be mindful
Challenge: Take a break
Being more aware of the present moment can really help you stay grounded. Acknowledging your thoughts, feelings, your body and the world around you can help you positively change the way you feel about life and everyday challenges. Walking whilst being "mindful" is a great way to live in the present. Try this nature filled jaunt in Swaythling or why not explore A walk around Gosport, Hilsea Lines or North Common Loop. Share your photos whilst out on a jaunt with us using the #Walktober hashtag.