The blues have a funny way of creeping up on us, don’t they?

Waking up with a knot in your stomach after so many days of feeling all energised and amazed. It’s the worst.

October is mental health awareness month here in South Africa and over the past 30 days I’ve really loved reading people’s thoughts on various aspects of this too-often neglected subject.

It’s been empowering to see friends, acquaintances and strangers opening up about their battles – everything from commonplace insecurities to crippling burnouts – and finding strength in that vulnerability.

More encouraging, even, has been the opportunity to learn about ways in which people choose to take care of themselves during dark days and how these (mostly) simple rituals speak of hope beyond measure.

In the light of this, I recently decided to take a closer look at the things I choose to do when I hit a low, trying to differentiate those that drag me into a downward spiral from the ones that eventually help to send me soaring again.

And so, with the simple act of paying attention to my body, I’ve started discovering self-care methods of my own that form the building blocks of feeling better.

Here are just a few basics to start off with:

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lions head, lion's head, cape town, hiking, south africa, wally's cave, table mountain

It’s a strange compulsion we Capetonians have – this need to conquer Lion’s Head. Not once. Not twice. But as many times as we possibly can.

At the crack of dawn. As dusk settles over the city. By the light of the full moon.

There’s a mountain in the middle of the city and we shall climb it. We shall climb it till our feet would follow the path even if our eyes were blindfolded. And we shall Instagram every attempt and share our pics on Facebook too.

I guess it says a lot about our need to reconnect with nature, but when you’re battling crowds just to get a view… it kind of defeats the purpose.

So, how about taking a route less travelled next time?

Here are two I can highly recommend:

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Rod's Trail, Betty's Bay, mountains, hiking, overberg, overberg hiking, adventure, travel, explore, fynbos, kogelberg

While the past week or so has been a rather stormy one down here in the Western Cape, I must say, we’ve really been blessed with some particularly pleasant winter weather.

And nowhere is a bright winter’s day more beautiful than in Betty’s Bay. Anyone familiar with that side of the world will know that for 80% of the year it’s a high energy zone – all gale force winds and stormy seas. But when it decides to take a breather and… just… rel…ax, it’s seriously the most exquisite place in the world.

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A mid-winter weekend spent exploring the mountains above my home town, the sea breeze caressing my bare arms, the sun kissing my cheeks, the strange embrace of brand new hiking boots on my feet.

Getting to dedicate large chunks of both Saturday and Sunday to soaking up the splendour of the Hangklip area’s natural beauty, with my parents, aunt and cousin was such a treat and left me feeling truly rich…

Here are a few pics:

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