Will spending the first 10 minutes of the waking day outside enhance your life?
Back in the summer, I used to do this exercise daily and it was a lovely way to start the day. I took my gratitude journal outside with a cup of tea and sat in the beautiful sunshine on my terrace. I remember for that period, I was happy, it set me up for the day and everything was going well. The practice was therapeutic and enjoyable. I was feeling very grateful because wonderful things had happened and were happening. When my job started to become more stressful and less enjoyable, and the mornings started getting colder, wetter and darker I fell out of this habit. And things weren't going so well as they had been.
This week has been a particularly tough week, I have let go of someone super special to me (and the history that goes with this person) and so I feel like I am in robot mode. Functioning just to get through the days until I start to feel a bit more human. I did the exercise as I did before. I took my gratitude journal outside and wrote what I was grateful for. Once I was outside and the fresh air hit me, it felt nice and I took in my surroundings. Writing what I was grateful for was a task though and didn't feel enjoyable. But I think that is just the frame of mind I am in and so the experiment wasn't as pleasant as it had once been in the summer.
Spending the first ten minutes of the day outside was refreshing and I am going to try and carry it on because I do know and reaped the benefits of it previously and I truly believe it does enhance your daily life. When I took in my surroundings, I felt that there was bigger things out there to pursue so this practice helped me focus my energy on my goals and what I want. It was the small part of the day when I didn't dwell on what I had let go of or was missing but what I wanted to focus on and pursue. So that in itself is a positive thing to start the day with and to see the new year of 2016 with.