Take a walk to clear your mind

Nick Hazell Walking


Blog by Nick Hazell

Many people think those work in offices jobs have it easy. After all, we can be at the desk all day. If you are in an office-based position you will understand that it is not all cupcakes and rainbows - especially in recruitment as it simply never stops.

Before I started my position at Darcy Associates, I worked as a mechanic and I myself thought that an office job would be a nice change of career as I would be in a nice warm office all year tapping away on a computer. Little did I know the amount of hard work and stress that comes with a job in the construction recruitment sector. That’s not to say I don’t love it.

Since starting my position in February 2017 as a Trainee Consultant; I have given my all to progress to where I am today. I have had struggles and been in positions that you can’t see a way out of – but I have always pulled through and offered the best service I can to both clients and candidates. I have always believed that if you try your best at everything, you can rarely go wrong.

Being busy all the time and trying so hard to offer such a great service; I found myself struggling to switch off when I got home. I would lie in bed with the worries of candidates no-showing the following day (which can sometimes be out of my control). This situation isn’t good for anyone so I needed to find something to do that would help me switch off and enjoy my time out of the office.

I found walking was the solution to clearing my mind. YES -WALKING!

Believe it or not - it can be massively enjoyable and relaxing. It may be simple and best of all free but I have found being outside and taking in the sights of the great outdoors broadens your mind and it certainly is a much better than the four office walls (although our office has some extremely bright Pink and Blue walls).

Since going on my first serious walk with the family, we got hooked. Everyone enjoyed it. It started as walks around local woodlands with the Dogs but soon developed. After someone mentioned walking Pen-y-fan, we took the idea on board. Soon after completing the Pen-y-fan, we started looking into other local Peaks as the views from the Summit are truly outstanding. We printed a list and since have been trying to get one under our belt each month. It is not just a great time to escape and clear your mind – its suitable for the whole family. Even my 4-year-old Son loves it. It also stops my children getting square eyes from the world of technology that our current generation is growing up in.

If you are looking for an escape from day to day life - I would recommend taking a walk and see if it can benefit you as much as it has myself. Even if you’re not a big walker, if you set challenges for yourself you will realise how easy they are to achieve.

Walking is proven to relieve your day to day stress and can make you feel good as like any other cardiovascular exercise. Brisk walking boosts endorphins which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression. Regular exercise through the production of feel-good endorphins, can improve mood and self-esteem. Stress is often a contributing factor to anxiety and depression, so anything you can do to help relieve stress has got to be worth a shot. Hiking/walking definitely fits this bill, as it not only provides great exercise, but it takes place in gorgeous natural settings that you might have just missed during your day to day life.

What are you waiting for get your boots on and give it a shot, you may be surprised?