Do you sometimes find that the day is over and you haven’t poked your nose out of the door for over 24 hours?
Is the only fresh air you ever breathe inhaled during the 15 second walk from your front door to your car (and if you park in a garage, do you not even get to do that?)
Are you thinking of joining your local vampire’s guild because the only time sun touches your skin is through the windows of your house or car?
If so, then it’s time – and more than time – to take it outside!
We can all make excuses
You’ve heard it all before – we need to get fresh air and exercise in order to not just survive, but thrive. But there are a million excuses that keep us from achieving this goal.
As the quintessential desk and couch-potato – that’s me – I’ve made just about every excuse you could possibly think of (and some you probably never even considered) to stay inside and not move.
It’s too hot – I’ll get up really early tomorrow and walk then.
It’s too cold – I’ll wait until this afternoon and then go out. Whoa! Is it that time already? Let’s try again tomorrow.
It might rain. I wouldn’t want to get wet. I could melt…
The problem is, while I’m so comfortable at my desk or in my chair and I have so much to do and to get through, being inside all the time is no good for my body, my mind or my soul.
I’ve found that ten minutes is all it takes to clear away cobwebs and get my brain firing again. And if I walk for 20 minutes, the excess energy could be bottled and sold in stores!
Thirty minutes walking on the beach, breathing in the plentiful negative ions and receiving the fresh salt air and vitamin D boost is like plugging onself into a power point without the side effect of frizzy hair and burnt skin. And there are whales and dolphins along the coast right now which is a bonus. If you’ve ever seen whales breaching or dolphins playing in the water first thing in the morning, you know how 5 minutes of watching them will put you in an upbeat mood for the rest of the day – if not longer.
This simple activity moves you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually from stress to strength.
So do it now. What are you waiting for?
Get out of that chair, put down the phone, and go outside. Or take a brisk walk during your lunch break or morning tea time – that’s great too.
Fifteen minutes in the sun can give you a day’s worth of clear, productive and positive energy for work, for your family and for yourself too.
This time out has been termed, a ‘stress buster’!
for the Stress to Strength team