The art of GET­TING OUT

With wed­dings, hen par­ties and birth­days eat­ing into her in­come and an­nual leave, Women’s Health Fea­tures Ed­i­tor Nikki Os­man em­barked upon a year of home-grown ad­ven­tures – and it’s im­proved her well­be­ing in more ways than she can count

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The rain is com­ing down hard now. The rolling hills of the Peak Dis­trict that were vis­i­ble 20 min­utes ago are dis­ap­pear­ing into a fog. And I’m laugh­ing so hard I might wet my­self. One of us is face down in the mud, the rest are bent over dou­ble. Tears fall down our soggy faces and we can’t meet each other’s eyes with­out trig­ger­ing an­other stom­achcramp­ing, brain-aching wave. She tries to get up, then slips again, this time land­ing on her bum, and noth­ing has ever been as funny as this. The mini­break, much like the fall, hap­pened by ac­ci­dent. I was al­ways a greedy trav­eller. I wanted souks and spices; ta­cos and tequila; and a hol­i­day wasn’t a hol­i­day if it didn’t in­volve my pass­port. Walk­ing boots and fleeces didn’t fea­ture in my or­di­nary hol­i­day wardrobe. Then again, this wasn’t an or­di­nary year. A new job and a new house had trig­gered an episode of anx­i­ety so de­bil­i­tat­ing that I’d found my­self un­ex­pect­edly on med­i­ca­tion. And judg­ing by the reg­u­lar­ity with which the in­vi­ta­tions were land­ing on my doorstep and in my in­box, I was des­tined to spend most of my week­ends cel­e­brat­ing other peo­ple’s mile­stones. So when, over a bot­tle of wine one evening, a friend sug­gested we pack our bags for a few days in the Peak Dis­trict to cel­e­brate noth­ing but be­ing young (ish) and alive, I was in. Three days and one epic fall later – the moral of that story, don’t try to hike in train­ers – I went back to work feel­ing more like my­self than I had done in months. I can’t be the only one who’s ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand the trans­for­ma­tive pow­ers of the great out­doors with good friends, but I want to know why.

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