Demons hate fresh air

Photo by Irina Iriser on Unsplash

This is an updated re-post from my old blog, minimallyonline.com.

Happy Friday!

I read Keep Going for the third time this year. Austin Kleon’s 10 rules for staying creative in good times and bad is a timeless advice I can’t seem to get enough of.

Austin Kleon is definitely one of my favourite writers and bloggers. When I discovered him earlier last year, I read his blog all the way back to 2012 and four of his books.

His work is terrific and inspiring.

I came across the quote, demons hate fresh air, in Keep Going and it has stuck with me ever since.

No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, [Ingmar Bergman] would say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air.

“It is a great art to saunter!”

— Henry David Thoreau

My husband and I discovered the beauty of going for long walks and enjoying fresh air during one desperate day in quarantine. Who else remembers those long dark days of endless Netflix shows and excessive drinking in quarantine?

That fateful day, we went for what we taught would be a short walk to walk our dog. A few blocks in, my husband asked if we should start walking back home.

I wanted to keep going.

We kept on walking, one block after another. It was a lot of fun.

For the rest of quarantine, we spent most of our days going on long walks, covering 4 to 8 miles each time. We discovered neighbourhoods, downtown areas, parks, restaurants, shops, etc.

It was a great adventure. Not only did those long walks made our time in quarentine enjoyable, but we got in the habit of going on long walks.

It is our most cherished and favourite way to spend time together.

These long walks and immersing myself in nature are what keeps me going.

One of the best way I found to deal with negative moods and general lethargy is to go outside, enjoy a long walk, and immerse my senses in nature.

Going for daily walks and getting fresh air is the anthesis to the blues. At least, that’s what Ingmar Bergman seems to suggest when he told his daughter, demons hate fresh air.

It is even better when you leave your phone behind!

Get your partner, or a friend, or a sibling, and go for a walk around your neighbourhood. Talk about what you like about each houses’ front porches (we do this all the time!).

Ignore your phone.

Besides going for leisure walks, I try to incorporate walking to my commute. Get off a stop or two before your destination, or park your car a block or two away, and go for a walk.

Whatever works for you, find a way to incorporate daily walks into your routine, because the demons hate fresh air

Until next time… 🙂

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