Tranquil English countryside

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Toothpicker There have been 2 comment(s)

I used to work in very competitive industries with long working hours, not only did my body suffered, I was constantly stressed out and would experience skin allergies as a result. At the time, I didn't know how to balance my life and my escape was to eat, drink, shop and party, not surprisingly, these activities did not make my life better nor easier.

Experiences (esp. bad ones) can make people slightly wiser, so after a string of them, I finally learnt to balance my life in other non-hedonistic ways. Nowadays, apart from my regularly de-stressing activities, I would go on country walks or hikes now and again to reconnect with nature. Nature, I discovered, has the magical ability to melt away our anxiety and stress, even if it's for a short period of time.

Before I started country walking, I never fully appreciated the beauty of the British countryside and now I finally understood why poets, writers and artists were/are inspired by the picturesque landscape. Even though landscapes in many countries are beautiful, there is something unique and tranquil about the British countryside. Perhaps it's to do with the rolling hills, woodlands, ancient villages and the many shades of green against the clear blue sky; but whatever the reason, these green belts and their inhabitants are invaluable and must be protected.

Due to the cold and snow, I have only been on two country walks so far this year, but luckily, the weather had been mild and sunny on both occasions, so I was able to enjoy the walk as well as the weather and scenery. Walks like these also provide chances to meet like-minded people who are also enthusiastic about nature and what it has to offer. Often, joyful moments can happen unexpectedly, which includes having homemade picnics in idyllic settings...  these are not activities that city dwellers get to enjoy on regular basis.

Now that spring is on its way, I am keen to do more walks and take advantage of the longer daylight hours. For someone who likes to be active but dislikes going to the gym, I find outdoor walking much more satisfying and has more profound effect on me; besides, it is much cheaper than paying for gym memberships!




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2 Responses to Tranquil English countryside

  • What you have descripted about British countryside is really attractive. I also have an abiding love for the tranquil countryside. I am now in Japan but hope to study and live in UK next year.

    Posted on September 6, 2012 at 8:15 am

  • Rebecca says:

    Lucky you, I also love the Japanese countryside, but there is something quite special about the British countryside and you need to experience it for yourself.

    Posted on September 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm