1000 Flowers for the Planet - #324 Breathe Fresh Air
For those who live in metropolitan environments, high rise living, or polluted cities/countries this may be difficult to achieve, but it’s important enough to highlight, because breathing fresh air will make a difference, in many ways. If you cannot breathe fresh air where you live and work, make a huge effort to get yourself and your family out into the countryside and a fresh environment as often as possible. Try for once a week – go on a picnic every weekend, sit, relax, enjoy each other’s company, slow down and breathe. For those lucky enough to live in a healthy environment, ensure you take time every day to stop, sit and breathe that delicious fresh air, for at least ten minutes. It could be while you take a coffee break or a short walk, or even when you fetch the mail from the letterbox – be aware of breathing the fresh air. Many people suffer depression and anxiety, and this simple act of consciously breathing deeply the freshest air you can access will increase endorphins and raise the spirits. Improving mental health in this way will reduce pressure on health systems and save precious resources. For everyone’s health in general it will do the same – be happy, feel invigorated, improve health, strengthen family relationships, relax. All of this will lead to a happier community wherein people work for the benefit of everyone, require less medical intervention, use less resources and thereby help the planet. And fresh air is free.