Believe it or not – I’ve obtained an actual prescription to sit on my duff, outside in the beautiful sun, and relax. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well I got lab work and a doctor’s order to back up my claim.
My most recent blood workup came back that I am very deficient in Vitamin D. I have a new added tablet to mix into the cocktail of things I take to keep me moving and chugging along in life. This one I am not at all worried about taking. I am happy to say things most definetely get better, not worse, with this addition.
But I am not just to rely on that. The best Vitamin D is what comes naturally. So – now when I decide to go sit outside in my most favorite spot – my freestanding swing in the side yard under the pine tree – well, I can do it guilt free! I can say, “doctor’s orders,” and go curl up with a book, an iced chai, and rock my worries away.
Getting outside is cheap therapy. Don’t discount the idea. Sitting inside, no matter how good it maybe, just cant hold a candle to the fresh breezes and sounds of joyful children running up and down the block. Today the dog curled up beside me and we both took a snooze for a while, since we were made sluggishly happy with the aroma of fresh cut grass and budding flowers.
The effects are good for your health – but moreover, it’s good for your psyche. We get too busy these days. We forget to just take 5 and sit a spell. We go-go-g0 all day and then we play catchup all evening on 50 other things we didn’t manage to squeeze into the day. Maybe we should make a line item on our list to just sit and reflect. To close our eyes, lift up our chins, and take a deep breath and let it out slow.
It’s been said that just 15 minutes a day can change the outlook you have, and create a calmer and more focused perspective. I am convinced that if more people would take the time to do “nothing” more often, the world would be in better shape. Sounds flippant – but it’s just my two cents.
Go try it yourself and give me you’re two cents 🙂