Fresh air and even a cloudy day have an effect on you. I swear, I notice a major difference in how I feel on days stuck inside versus days where we can get out, even if it's just for a minute or two. I don't even exercise when going outside all of the time. Sure, sometimes I do and those days I feel extra productive but generally it might look like sitting on the front step for 15 minutes or watching Lincoln climb his playset.
When we were really stuck at home, I would put Layla into the front carrier and just bask in the sun. We'd go inside and it honestly felt like I'd taken a nap. I felt refreshed and like I could take on the world.
I swear that this is a legitimate testimonial that I felt happier and yelled less. Not that I yelled. But there were a million times a day that I felt overwhelmed by normal things like meal prepping and a crying baby and a toddler that just wanted to be held. The outside helped us all feel more peaceful and happy.
Walks are a game changer.
There were moments when I was pregnant with Layla and Lincoln was only like 8 months old. I created this routine where we'd go for a walk every single morning from 8-9 am before his morning nap. This was my coffee break and my sanity check in. I would sip, we'd talk about what we were seeing. He was strapped into the stroller.
It saved me in the early months of pregnancy when I was feeling sick, throwing up, and yet our day must go on.
So I invite you to try it. Go outside for a walk. Go outside and sit on the ground and breathe for 15 minutes. Does it make a difference? Do you feel more sane, a little happier? Let me know!