The demons hate fresh air

Taken by my sister on her way to work

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I’m reading Keep Going for the second time, a short book on 10 rules for staying creative in good times and bad. 

Austin Kleon is definitely one of my favourite writers and bloggers. When I discovered him earlier this 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. 

‘Tis the season where the days are shorter and outside is freezing cold. Winter can affect our moods, motivation, and mental well-being significantly.

In a previous post, I wrote,

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a milder form of depression that appears around fall when the days start to get shorter and lasts through the winter.  The seasonal changes can affect our sense of well-being. People who suffer from SAD tend to notice their mental health deteriorate as the winter season approaches.

Going for a walk on a cold day is the last thing many of us would want to do.

Still, the best way to beat seasonal depression, and the general lethargy and negative mood we experience during the colder months, is to embrace the elements.

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

I personally enjoy routine-habit-stacking (I kind of made that up).

What works really well for my procrastination-ladened brain is attaching a good habit with something I have to do anyway.

I know myself enough to know that I will fail miserably if I attempt to make time just to go for a walk. Getting off a few train stops and walking the rest of the way to work is less challenging and sustainable in the long-term.

Whatever works for you, find a way to incorporate daily walks into your routine.

After all, demons hate fresh air

Until next time… 🙂

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