Do you remember when you were little and no matter what complaint/ailment you had, your Mum suggested ‘getting some fresh air’?
Feeling sick? GET SOME FRESH AIR.
Bored? GET SOME FRESH AIR.
Sibling getting on your t*ts? GET SOME FRESH AIR.
Head falling off? GET SOME FRESH AIR.
It really was a pretty bog standard response to almost every eventuality in our house and it drove me crazy. How is my sister hitting me in the head with a boot going to be cured by fresh air? Is the air laced with some kind of tranquility-mist that will end her rage towards me?
Probably not. But leaving the confined space of our lounge likely diffused the situation by putting distance between us, so it would seem that there was some logic to the madness.
Now, as a parent myself, I find that getting fresh air really does cure a lot of things.
*Mum, if you’re reading this, try not to feel too smug*
Claustrophobia, loneliness, depression (in all its crushing forms), stress, anxiety, headaches, fatigue, over-weight, boredom. The magnitude of those things can at the very least be lessened by taking a little walk outside. Feeling the sunshine on your face and a breeze across your skin, does something to a person. It can unravel that tight knot in your chest a little bit, get your blood pumping and release some of those happy hormones we all need.
I read in a baby book once that if you are feeling like you might have post-natal depression and/or are having dark thoughts about your child, you should leave the house. Put your babe in the pram and go for a walk, because you are less likely to cause them harm in public.
I was shocked by this idea, but after that initial reaction wore off, I realised that as matter of fact as the advice was, it may actually be right. You are less likely to lose your sh*t in public for a plethora of reasons, but mostly because I think once you get over the hurdles of actually leaving the house, you do feel better.
I make it a priority to get out of the house every day, even if just for a little while. Yesterday we spent the day in Southport, looking for treasure on a very windy beach but today we only went out for an hour, on a conker hunt. Alas we found neither treasure nor conkers but we enjoyed the briskness of being outside and came home feeling windswept and wild.
So it would seem that Mums across history have always been right, fresh air really does cure most things.
My advice to you is listen to your Mum and GET SOME FRESH AIR. You don’t have to go far. It need not be a grand adventure. Ten minutes outside can make all the difference to you &/or your family.
Unless your head’s dropping off, then please, seek some medical assistance.