To say I'm getting a little tired of this endless winter would be an understatement. I mean c'mon, I'm not Elsa! The cold does bother me anyway.
Not too long ago I was feeling trapped and antsy inside and knew I needed to do something about it. Because the roads weren't driveable, I slid into my leopard print rain boots, camera in tow, and took a walk in my backyard.
I wasn't expecting to get much out of it, no real plan to shoot anything specific. I just knew I needed a break from staring at the tv.
I came back refreshed, rejuvenated, and a bit more appreciative of the season we're in.
Winter is usually thought of as the "fun for one day" time or the season that ruins plans, causes accidents, and brings down a lot of moods.
And that all can be true, but winter is also beautiful, a great time for rest, and a good exercise of trying to find the beauty in everything.
Convinced to get outside yet?
If my moving dialogue didn't encourage you, maybe these 5 reasons to get out of the house in the winter will!
1. Vitamin D
Even if the sun is peeking behind heavy clouds and there's a threat of a new snowfall about to happen, getting some Vitamin D is so good for your health by strengthening your bones and improving your immune system. Not only that, but it's good for your mood too. I can't get into all that scientific jazz, but this is why laying on a beach and tanning is so addicting! That sun feels goooood.
We know that we need to exercise and I can be the first to admit that I'd take the smallest excuse to stay on the couch instead, but it's worth it to bundle up, if even for a quick walk around the block! Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands! #namethatmovie
3. Fresh air
One of the reasons we love spring so much is because we can throw open the windows and air out all that winter stank. Well, it doesn't have to be spring to still get some fresh air. Perhaps it's not a good idea to open up your window just yet, but it's a good idea to breathe some new life into those lungs!
4. Clear your head
Stressed? Not sure what to do in a certain situation? Not saying the great outdoors is a miracle worker, but sometimes getting out of the house to clear your head can do wonders.
5. It makes being inside not so bad
When winter first hits we all get so excited to stay snuggled indoors. But that good thing quickly turns into an old thing when it's the same thing day after day.
Taking a break from the same environment and stepping out for a bit helps being inside not to feel so mundane.
Whether you're reading this at the first snowfall or just mere weeks away till spring, I challenge you to strap on those boots and head outdoors for a walk. Try to look at things in new ways.
Maybe you're not into photography, and you don't have to be, your eyes can be the camera (okay, yeah, cheesy line).
Just by getting outside for a brief time, I think you'll be surprised at how good you feel. And who knows, maybe you won't want to come back inside.
"If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life, but still have the same amount of snow in your life."
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