Take A Breath Of Fresh Air

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
— Lao Tzu

2018 Winter Survival Wellness Challenge 5

March has arrived! While winter is not quite done with us, mother nature has teased us with a few warmer and sunny day.  I don't know about you but as the daylight lingers a little longer each day and temperatures creep up, I'm feeling energized and excited about what spring could bring.  Guess what that means for our survival challenge: It means it's about time to get your blood flowing and noticing just how good fresh air in your lungs feels.  It’s time to get outside and move your body!

This week’s challenge is to enjoy an outdoor activity - which, depending on the weather, could be the most challenging challenge yet! Stay with me, though.  It is true that winter naturally makes us want to spend more time indoors and that our energy levels are lower but we are still creatures of nature, after all. Being in nature and moving our bodies is both healthy and therapeutic, and that does not change no matter what the season.

If this idea makes you want to crawl under the covers, I don’t blame you, but you will feel so refreshed by fresh air in your lungs and getting your blood flowing that it will be worth it!

The first step is to gear up for the weather.  Wearing appropriate clothing is half the battle so bundle up if it’s chilly.  Wear a hat, dry socks, proper footwear and keep your chest warm.

One of the easiest ways to enjoy the outdoors is to simply go for an enjoyable walk - such as around your neighborhood, an outdoor mall, or around the city. Make it fun by adding a destination with a treat for yourself, such as grabbing a steamed almond milk at a local cafe, or asking a friend or loved one to join you. Have a dog? Grab your furry friend and visit a new park! 

With any luck, this activity will get your blood flowing and your energy up.  Consider what your daily physical activity level is like when you are feeling your best.  Are you honoring what your body has told you it needs? Could it be time to explore a new way to get some movement in, or perhaps return to a tried-and-true fitness routine?

Now that you've gotten a taste of fresh air, I'll bet you're craving more. How can you let more fresh air in this time of year?  

  • Crack open those car and home windows for a moment and let the air cleanse your space.  
  • Bring nature inside with you by decorating with fresh flowers, greens, or wood accents.  
  • If you commute by foot, take a moment to notice and appreciate how good it feels to take some mindful deep breaths along your way.

Soon enough, the temperatures will be warmer, the sun will shine a little brighter, and you’ll get much more of it!

What outdoor activity do you enjoy this time of year? How will you get yourself outside and moving over the next couple of weeks?  Please share in the comments section below!