Did you know that according to the EPA, the air outside is 75 percent less polluted than indoor air? Not only that, but the air quality outside is enhanced by more negative ions, an extra electron for each oxygen molecule. Exposure to this enriched fresh air is medicinal; it calms your anxieties and lowers your heart rate. You don’t have to live in the backyard in a tent all summer, but it will make you smile more often if you get outside once in a while and act like a kid. Skip, run, jump, chant rhymes, pick a buttercup, check under a rock, make pictures in the clouds, and don’t go to bed without wishing on a star.
For the whole family, just once this summer, wash your bed sheets and hang them out to dry on a hot sunny day. That night put everybody to bed on sun-drenched sheets for a natural high that cannot be purchased at the local pharmacy.
Felicia Bordick and her colleagues, Carol Smith and Joyce Thomas, are authors of “Kitchen Table Time: Recipes for School Success.” Please feel free to contact Felicia Bordick with comments, questions, or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org