Rustig opbouwen na griep, goed idee!

Na bijna 2 weken bivakkeren in een klam, koud en niet bepaald comfortabel appartement, met fleecevesten en kruiken in bed of op de bank hangend, waren we eindelijk voldoende hersteld voor een rondje buiten, en als extra traktatie scheen de zon na 10 dagen regen.

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Tijd voor Portugese traditie nummer 1: Koffie drinken

We begonnen onze feestelijke eerste hersteldag gisteren met koffie op een terrasje in de zon, waarbij we de plechtige intentie naar elkaar uitspraken om dit keer NIET te hard van stapel te lopen maar onze activiteiten rustig op te bouwen, met een uurtje lopen en op tijd rusten.

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Combining Work and Travel – My 5 Weeks in Athens

After months of walking in circles around my home, I was ready for a change of scenery.

I didn’t have the funds for a long holiday after a winter of combined work and travel in Thailand and Indonesia, so I started planning a ‘workation’.

What the heck is a Workation?

It is a combination of the words work and vacation, and that’s what it means.

You continue to do your work but from a ‘holiday destination’.

You work remotely in a fresh environment, so when you finish your work hours, you have time to explore the city, visit a museum, hike in nature, or go to the beach.

I go on workations multiple times a year. On my other blog, Nomadic Earnings, I tell you how I do that: My Story: Combining Work and Wanderlust

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My Daily Goal: Hiking for Mental Health

Walking improves my mood almost immediately.

It’s not just for physical fitness and building up strength, that I challenge myself to go on a daily walk.

No matter how down or stressed I feel, a good stroll always lifts my spirit.

Simply walking in my own neighborhood already gives me clarity of thought and peace of mind most of the time. But if I manage to plan a long beach walk into my schedule, the stress-reducing effect of my hike is way stronger.

 Also read: Does walking help with depression?

Yesterday at the beach was brilliant! First sunny day after weeks of heavy rain…

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Using Instagram as a Habit Tracker

Well, I’ve tried. I thought posting pictures of my daily walks on Instagram would keep me more motivated. I even managed to create 83 of my planned #365hikeschallenge posts.

This is post 83/365 – a picture of a beautiful tree in Athens, Greece, taken on my way to the produce market on Saturday.

This picture was taken on the 27th of May. Today is the 3rd of September. What happened?

I was already waiting several months for surgery, trying very hard to stay as fit as possible while waiting.

End of May I got a phone call telling me that there was a 5-week delay. My motivation tanked below zero. I was sick 5 out of 7 days for weeks in a row already, and tired of waiting.

Whenever I did have the energy I walked around the block, but my daily walks weren’t about exploring nature or a new city anymore, just exercise.

Day 83 of using Instagram as habit tracker for my daily walk. Beautiful tree in Athens, Greece.

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