My Happy Place: Blogger Dave Cash of 'Dapper Dave Cash' on kicking the stress away
Blogger Dave Cash of 'Dapper Dave Cash' blog writes about her happy place for Independent.ie as part of the 'Mind yourself' campaign, together with the Irish Independent.
We all have a happy place don’t we? I’m sure you do because I definitely do! For their ‘Mind Yourself’ campaign, Independent.ie asked me to discuss my happy place. Being a male fashion blogger, I can only assume that people would think that my happy place is a shopping centre filled with all my favourite shops. Well anyone who knows me would know that is wrong. I won’t lie, I love shopping, but there is another place that makes me very happy - a football pitch.
Whether it is watching or playing football, I often find that it helps me unwind and kill an hour or so to kick the stress away. I find that there is nothing better than having a kick about with your friends and having a laugh with them at the same time. There is a lot of information out there at the moment saying that exercise has a big part to play in maintaining good mental health. Well, I definitely think that I feel better after running around a pitch. I find for me anyway, that watching football is just as therapeutic. Obviously a good result in the match helps, but I find that whether I am going to Anfield to watch my beloved Liverpool or to the Aviva to watch the boys in green I feel excited knowing I am going to spend time doing what I love the most. It is something you can do with anyone!
I have so many memories from both playing and watching. Whether it be the goals that my friends and I have scored or the times someone missed an open goal and we all laughed about it for ages. Same goes for all those trips I have made to the Aviva or Anfield. I can remember my first trip, my favourite match, bringing my kids to their first match at Anfield. The excitement is still there every time I go and I don’t think it will ever go away because it makes me happy!
The result at the end of the match doesn’t always matter because I am automatically planning my next trip to another game so that I will be back in my happy place.