Make a Fresh Start – Day 29

Seana stepping outside. Go outside at least once each day.

This month of “Make a Fresh Start” is almost over. Have you tried any of the challenges? I’d love to know what you have found helpful!

In the meantime, I have a couple more ideas to help you refresh your thinking.

Today I am suggesting that you go outside at least once every day. I admit that this is not easy if you live in the North, but getting outside is a great way to lift your mood. When working from home, it can be surprising to realize an entire day has passed and we haven’t even once stepped outside. If the weather is uncooperative, try to at least poke your head outside.

Take a deep breath, face the sun (if it is shining), and take a moment to notice something in your surroundings that makes you feel happy. This could be:

  • a cloud moving overhead
  • the call of a bird
  • the gurgle of a stream
  • the downward dance of a leaf
  • glistening snow
  • the smell of a wood burning fire
  • the enthusiasm of a dog walking by
  • the patter of rain on the sidewalk
  • countless other things!

The richness of the natural word is deeply restorative. You don’t have to run a mile or hike a trail if that’s not your speed, just try to step into the outdoors, away from the screens for a breath of fresh air. Consider it a moment to connect with yourself and put the day’s stresses into perspective. I love this quote from Hans Christian Andersen:

“Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

Hans Christian Andersen

So bundle up if you must, but find some “fresh” air each day.

Do you ever spend the entire day indoors? Do you think going outside might renew your mind?

Make a Fresh Start logo, plant with a fresh green leaf.

8 thoughts on “Make a Fresh Start – Day 29”

  1. I try to go out at least once if not twice a day here. Usually during my lunch hour and then before or after dinner if possible. Freezing here this weekend, but still will run an errand or two and that will get me out even momentarily. So, thanks for the great tip 🙂

    1. It is SO COLD today here as well (lower CT). But I’m going to get out at least once. I will look like an eskimo all bundled up, but I will do it. I just need to see the sun and breathe fresh air!

  2. I am so appreciating the cold, brisk air Mother Nature is serving up as of late! ‘Tis winter and finally feels like it. I love seeing the glistening ice on trees, my breath first thing in the morning, and my son building a snowman!

    1. This one’s for you! It as 14 degrees on my thermometer this morning. It is beautiful, though, I can definitely agree. I love the way the snow reflects the light and just makes the whole day feel bright and fresh. Even I can find the blessing in winter:)

  3. I love fresh air. When the weather is moderately nice I open all the doors and windows for about 5 minutes to air out the house. While I prefer warm days I do find cold crisp days invigorate me, and as you said there are so many things to notice and appreciate. It’s cold here today but I am going to stick my head out and take a deep beath.

    1. I bundled up and went to the grocery store today. I took a deep breath and was thankful for the beauty of the snow. You don’t have to stay out long, but just letting your face see the sun feels goodline.

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