I've only just joined BB, and was immediately drawn to this forum. I set up a lesbian bushwalking group about 20 years ago, as a way to share my love of walking with others. Its been very successful and is still going.
Walking has saved me. At my lowest I know that by going for a good walk I can only feel better. It releases endorphins and I know I'm doing something good for me! Its MY time.
A few tips on walking: I have a dog so I always go for an hour's walk with him before work, and an evening walk; walk somewhere you like - whether it be near water, in the bush, near where other people walk, walk to a dog off-leash area, walk with an end purpose (coffee, buy the paper etc); walk in shoes that you like and are comfy and supportive (having shoes that you like to put on helps you want to get out, and use them only for walking, nothing else); use trekking poles - they are great to stop impact on your knees, keeps you straighter, helps you up and down stairs/slopes, and actually changes your mindset so you know you are walking with a purpose; make it a routine and let your family know so they'll support you; walk with a friends - I walk with different friends, one on Monday evening, one on Thursday evening, and with a group of around 6 friends on Wednesday evening. Walking with a friend means you get good quality time with them, it can distract you from hills etc, but also walk for exercise and your mental health - perfect; having a goal for walking helps you get out and be accountable - check out Cancer Council 7 Bridges walk, or Relay for Life, Coastrek, Oxfam Trailwalker, Trek for Timor Blue Mountains etc. Our bushwalking group enter all these, and it keeps us focused. Walking with others is always uplifting!
You don't need much gear for walking, you don't have to book it in, you can walk with your dog, with friends, by yourself. You can only feel better.