Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day 29: A Breath of Fresh Air

entire series listed here

I commented yesterday that this is the cabin fever time of year. Today's challenge is another remedy for that.

Get a breath of fresh air.

So, I know in some States this week, the possibility for getting frost bite is measurable in minutes, not hours. A breath of fresh air must of necessity be very brief.

I know, I know. It is a pain to bundle up in all the layers. Hats, gloves, snow pants, socks, boots, scarves, jacket. For five minutes?! Cray-zy!

Our tendency is to hibernate in this weather. Buckle down and endure.

But fresh air is worth it.

Fresh air is good for your health. Its briskness is rejuvenating. Its cleanness is refreshing.

Go on a short walk. Ice skate. Sled. Build a snowman. Shovel the walk. The activity will get your blood flowing and keep you reasonably warmish.

And then, once the temps warm up just a smidge (like Thursday or Friday this week), open your windows and air out your house. I know-that sounds certifiably cray-zy. But my midwife told us to do it a few years ago when we weren't getting over colds.

Let out the musty air and air out the germs. Open the windows-not ALL the way-just a few inches, set your timer for 10 minutes and let fresh air seep in. Then close the windows and turn up the heat. I usually do the upstairs, and then the downstairs. Not at the same time.

I can almost 100% guarantee that the fresh air in your house will NOT give you pneumonia. But, don't do it with your hair wet, 'cause then you'll get a cold. At least, that's what my mother always told me...