Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Getting Outside during the Winter

Winter weather usually sucks. It adds a lot of extra effort to our daily lives. We have put on extra layers of clothing, check the forecast more often, scrap off and warm up our cars, drive slower if the roads are slick, shovel/snow blow the driveway, and more. It's also very dark in the winter.

I remember 5 years ago when I first started my full-time job in January of 2013. Moving to a new town and starting a new job in the middle of winter was not fun. I really only saw the sun on the weekends, and it was hard to learn a new town because my car had trouble getting around on snowy roads. I was somewhat depressed with not having a support system, being away from all of my friends at college, and feeling shut-in/trapped in my apartment because of the weather.

Fast forward 5 years, and I realize that I'm a lot happier this winter compared to 5 years ago. I think part of it is the job change, but I also feel like it's the fact that I get outside during the day. My job now, I'm able to be outside a little bit, and just getting some fresh air and seeing daylight, I believe has been very beneficial.

Obviously, I avoid being outside when it's negative 10 degrees, but lately it's been above freezing (32 degrees F), and it's felt amazing.

I know not everyone is in a position to get outside during their workday, nor is it even a good idea with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. I know I've benefitted from being outside when it's been "warmer" this winter, and I need to keep being intentional about getting outside.



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