There can be something very cathartic in a walk around the block.
My father used to tell us this all the time. Every problem could be solved by walking around the block.
Every burden could become lighter; every fear could be diminished by just taking that walk.
Even in the best-selling book The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (the story of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway's first wife), Hadley uses the walk around the block technique to clear her head. "... the way I used to painfully fixated on it disturbed me so much I had to walk twice around the block in a stinging wind before I was calm enough to return..." (pg. 39, The Paris Wife, Ballentine Books NY, 2011)
My mother, Elsa, had a different opinion. She taught that everything could be solved by sleeping on it. A problem at work? Sleep on it before pouncing on it. A huge request by a friend or family member that is out of your norm? Sleep on it before promising anything, denying anything, arguing anything. This, too, is very sage advice.
I often found I couldn't sleep on something without first taking a walk around the block. How can your sleep when your mind is struggling to resolve something? At least take that walk to put your mind in order, then sleep on it.
My next home must be like this one - long blocks, lots of walking/thinking/struggling room. I need a good walk before sleeping.Do you?