Have you ever stepped outside, weary and worried, then taken in a breath and all feels okay again? Even grey skies, whipping winds, pelting rain, and frigid cold cannot abate the healing touch of a breath of refreshing air. You nurture yourself with a simple breath.
“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Han Christian Anderson
One morning, a thermometer reading of -50 Celcius lured me outside into a sunshine so bright, I slipped on my sunglasses before wrapping my wool scarf around my face. The Yukon December day was short on sunlight, but long in a beauty that pulled me outward. It felt magical, made me even giddy, delighted from an intake of breath filling mind, soul, and spirit – alive.
Although the winter season is not officially claimed until December 20th, shorter days and less natural sunlight is already upon us in the northern hemisphere. We can find ourselves commuting before sunrise, and returning home after sunset. We can miss out on receiving the natural Vitamin D from the green spaces of the great outdoors and their health benefits that include:
-decrease in the risk of osteoporosis and inflammation
-warding off depression and stress
-reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
-increasing fitness and sleep
Did you know that sitting outside for 20 minutes may give you the same energy as a cup of coffee?
Friend, an ordinary cold winter day can be extraordinary from a pure breath outdoors. Will you take in that nurturing breath today to quiet your mind, speak to your soul, and show you you again?
May you nurture you to be your best. The world needs you.
What is your favourite winter outdoor activity?
Did you get your Christmas Nurturing List yet? Grab it below and refresh yourself this season!