A Little Fresh Air

I’m normally not a cranky person. Sure, I can have my moments but getting up in the morning doesn’t usually make me lose my bubbly. This morning, however, I got a little whiny. I was up all night with a sick child and the morning seemed tougher than usual. I went to work looking like a Picasso and planned on bailing early to go home for a nap.

Lunch time came around I was still feeling like my right eye was the size of my ear and my nose was a little left of centre when I heard someone say, “It’s beautiful out!”. I decided right then and there that I needed some fresh air.

There’s a neighbourhood behind the business park where I work where I love to walk. There aren’t super fancy houses but pleasant ones with large lots and mature trees. After the big snowfall we’d had the day before, everything was covered in a clean, crisp white blanket. As soon as I stepped onto a snow-filled side street, my heart felt lighter and my facial features seemed to dance back into place.

I heard a Pileated Woodpecker in some tall trees and walked over to see if I could find it. I didn’t see him but that’s when I notice how lovely these bent branches looked trimmed in snow.

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After about a 40 minute walk, I made my way back to the office and felt much happier and more energized for the rest of the afternoon. Nothing like a little fresh air to set things straight.

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4 thoughts on “A Little Fresh Air

  1. I can totally relate. Sometimes, I wake up feeling like …. Stress, anxiety, and even the occasional heavy dinner are all guilty of this most annoying of feelings. Although the weather has been perfect over here for the last few days, I haven’t had a chance to really appreciate it until this morning. I drove to the seaside where I parked my car and went for a 30 minute run followed by a 30 walk walk. Just loved it and felt like a new born baby. The stress is still here, so are the anxiety and occasional overindulgence but a magic moment is all we need to start anew. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. There are when I feel like I will burst. To calm down, I take a walk along the seawalk I have one block from home. It’s so relaxing to see the sea down there, to walk around with no rush at all, watching people waling their dogs. Simply amazing.

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    1. Hi Gabriela. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply! Being by the sea would be wonderful! I always find water calming too and try to get near it when I can. Nature is definitely the best way to calm down.

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