Great Wake Up Blog: Week #2

This weeks challenge was to ensure that the first ten minutes that we were awake were spent outside, which, given the unnaturally warm (for this time of year at least) climate didn't seem too much of a challenge.

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Jan 01, 2016
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This week's challenge was to ensure that the first ten minutes that we were awake were spent outside, which, given the unnaturally warm (for this time of year in the UK at least) climate, didn't seem too much of a challenge.

Oh, how I was (slightly) wrong.

Most of the days went well - following the post-Xmas sleep-in routine, it meant that my first experiments took place mid-morning. Sitting outside in the temperate climate was kind of nice - given that Christmas and the ensuing period on either side tend to be chock full of stimuli, it was refreshing to just sit in the quiet of my back garden and listen to the world without taking part in it. My brain cleared a little quicker, and once the ten minutes were done, I found myself being slightly more active than I would have been this time last year.

I have to admit that I slipped up a couple of times - one time, I took my phone down with me so that I could check my emails and catch up on my social media, and it wasn't until I was five minutes in, clearing my emails and checking the news, that I remembered my rule. Another time, I forgot to actually go outside, as it had been raining tremendously and the idea of sitting outside in the light drizzle seemed as appealing as laying down on hot tarmac in the middle of summer. The experiment might not be appropriate for people who don't have anywhere outside to connect to nature, but even sitting quietly for ten minutes near a window could prove to be beneficial.

All in all though, I can absolutely see the benefits of this experiment - it lets you isolate yourself for a while in the natural world and lets you centre yourself ahead of the stresses of the rea world. It's one I'll be definitely be incorporating into my daily routine once I get back to work after the winter break.

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Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
Chris Baréz-Brown about 2 years ago

It is amazing how our phones have become part of us. It takes a deliberate action to switch it off. So good this one had positive benefits. Bravo! C x

Go to the profile of Ellen Rowlands
Ellen Rowlands about 2 years ago

I really struggle in the morning, so might give this ago. It sounds like a great way to start the day and the year.