Rx: Fresh air, fresh air, fresh air.

Diagnosis: Excess of 5 hours of screen time, working on a book critique presentation at school, on a SUNDAY, and not enough outdoor time.

Prescription (Rx): A little walk around the Edmonton river valley, which is literally right behind the University of Alberta where I attend school!

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The slow walk is my new run. I don’t know why but right now I just want to be outdoors walking around. It might be because the weather is honestly PERFECT for that right now. It is crisp and chilly but if you’re dressed right it is amazing. It might be because I spend my days at school on the computer, at work on the computer, and at home on the computer and sometimes I get fed up with the amount of screen time that has become somewhat required for education and my job. It might be because I like the zoning out of the walk. I can just be outside with my thoughts and I get a lot sorted out in my head, whether it’s about writing my thesis or about what I’m making for breakfast the next morning, peaceful space to think is a wonder.

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In addition to my new love of just simply walking (and pretending I’m in the mountains hiking), I am loving overnight oats for breakfast. I really love hot oats but chilled overnight oats are my jam right now. You can add so many different things to them! Yesterday’s choice was raspberries, peanut butter, and raisins.

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While I can’t go on three hour walks every day like I want to, even just getting outside for 10 minutes is so refreshing. When I spend too much time on the computer and just being inside I start to crave the fresh air, which just reminds me how much we are missing when we spend time indoors. I go to school every day and never walk in behind the University and down to the river valley but I think I need to do it more!

What is your prescription for excess screen time?

Do you take breaks from the screen every X number of minutes?

Overnight oats -> what do you add?

14 Comments

  1. I try to at least take a walk around the block at work since I stare at a screen for so long during the day, it is the best way to readjust my eyeballs. I love chia seeds and cinnamon in my oats, so good!

  2. I love doing this too! Here in Alaska it gets pretty dark and depressing during the winter (I suffer from SAD due to the super short days) and without my mid-day short walks in the sun during my lunch break I don’t know what I would do. It’s so helpful to step away from our desks and spend time outside, no matter how short the walks are!

  3. I LOVE walking outdoors in the fall’ish weather. The crisp, fresh, clean air is incredible. If I could get a job that is forward thinking but that allowed me to be outdoors more…I’d do it in a flash. Also loved the River valley – I spent many many miles running and walking there years ago!

  4. I’ve been having overnight oats every morning for the last couple of weeks too!
    I love that you can put whatever you want in it and it seems a bit different every morning (although peanut/almond butter is always a necessity) in mine!

  5. There’s really nothing like some fresh air to clear your head. I always start to feel really gross if I’ve been sitting inside in front of a computer for too long. We’ve been so lucky with the weather so far this fall!

  6. Yeessss to long, slow walks outside. That was how I spent Sunday afternoon – except walking through the Calgary river valley. TWINS

    I’m so glad you’re on the overnight oats train with me right now – I just this breakfast. Especially when there’s goji berries in it. 🙂

    1. I want to say I’m not really “trying” to copy everything you do but as I sip this mandarin orange sparkling water I think I’d be lying. Hahaha

  7. I have just started to appreciate “the walk” – I never understood before people who would go outside for a walk just to clear their heads but now I do. I try and get outside for a little bit every day for some fresh air and some me time just to take a break from it all.

    Overnight Oats = lots of peanut butter and bananas for me!

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