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?