So, the number one thing that helps me keep a grip, when I’m losing my mind, is getting outside.
Most days I get out for a walk (on my lunch break while I’m working) or perhaps an early morning run. But our more exciting adventures are limited to the kinder summer months. I always find Nov-Feb, when the clocks have gone back and the days are super short, to be a really challenging time. I miss the daylight and can see really clearly the effect it has on my mood. I know I’m not the only one.
I was really excited then to stumble across this fantastic initiative from Splodz Blogz (OS Get Outside champion). #OneHourOutside challenges everyone to spend an hour outside each day throughout the month of November.
So, rather than fantasising about moving abroad to get me through the dark winter months, I’m going to give this a try and spend #OneHourOutside every day in November.
Granted, I’m on maternity leave, so I do have the luxury of not being confined to a working schedule, a 45 minute lunch break on an industrial estate or a 3 hour daily commute (unlike my poor husband). But I do have a small child in tow, and that is more than enough challenge in itself!
I’m also as guilty as anyone for keeping to things I know and those within my comfort zone, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get some fresh ideas for how to make the most of time spent outside – see here for ideas from Splodz Blogz – involve the little one, and see where it takes us.
Some of the things I’ve got my eye on trying are:
- Park run on a Saturday morning (& volunteer too)
- Walk up a hill and take in the view
- Make use of our fire pit and cook dinner outside
- Followed by a TV free evening watching the stars
- Take a flask of tea, wrap up warm and have a picnic outside
- See if the boy will find it entertaining to watch me do a spot of gardening to tame our jungle (I may need to employ the services of grandparents to babysit for this one!)
- Go to a buggy bootcamp
- Collect pine cones to make into Christmas decorations
- On a weekend, take a trip to the beach (it’s miles away but hopefully traffic will be less crazy in November)
- Forage for mushrooms
I already know I’ll feel heaps better by the end of the month, but equally that it will be tough on those cold, dark, rainy days. Especially when little O has kept me up all night (the times when I need to get outside for nature therapy the most!)
I’ll be sharing my daily experience on Instagram, if anyone would like to join in.
Here’s to an exciting November full of outside adventures!
P.S. This photo was actually taken in November last year in Scotland! So it’s not all rain and darkness 🙂