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There are so many benefits of being outside, which is one reason why I’m always trying to spend as much time in fresh air as I possibly can. When I’m feeling down or tired, or I’ve just had a really stressful day of work, I can go outside and suddenly I’ve got an instant mood booster. If you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, you might recognize some of these awesome benefits too!
Okay, so I hate to say it, but I have A LOT of anxiety. My mind is always jumping to worst-case scenarios, and once an idea gets into my head, it just spirals until I’m half incapacitated on my couch, pulling out hair, completely convinced that this bad thing my mind created is REAL.
Sound familiar? If you are someone who deals with a lot of anxiety, getting outside can really help. Step outside for a few minutes and listen to the sounds around you. Sure, you might have the sounds of the city, but I bet if you are near trees you’ll also hear birds singing and leaves gently rustling in the wind.
Take some time to breathe deeply while listening to these sounds. I guarantee it’ll help relax your mind and body. (But if your anxiety is truly crippling, I recommend also seeing a good therapist!)
To Clear Your Head
Do you ever have so much going on, or a really big decision to make, and your brain is just going a mile a minute because you can’t make a decision? It happens to me too.
Most recently when I was trying to decide if I should put in the effort and money to go back to school for a degree completely unrelated to my first one.
I went outside and spent some quality time with Mother Nature. If you do this, try not to dwell on whatever you’re trying to make up your mind about or whatever is running through your head. Try to clear your mind as if you were meditating – or actually meditate in the forest if you can.
I find that being in nature and just breathing makes me feel my intuition more strongly. You’ll probably find this to be true as well.
To Feel Refreshed
Do you ever get home from work or school or an appointment and feel drained? It happens to us all on the regular, and there is no better cure than getting outside for a few minute. A walk around your neighborhood or a few minutes spent deweeding your garden will get your heart rate going for a short time and when you return home you’ll feel more energized, refreshed, and ready to continue with your day.
This is a biggie, especially if you’re like me and live in a place where it’s cold and has shorter days half the year. Try to get outside daily and get your vitamin D fix. Living in Buffalo, even people who get out a TON might still have to take a supplement, but you’ll still be better off than someone who never gets outside and has to get all their vitamin D from a pill.
If you get outside regularly, I bet you’re getting more exercise than someone who spends their life mostly indoors. Sure, they might have a treadmill. But you are so enamored with the soft evening breeze that you decide to take a walk, or wake up early to take a hike and get some fresh air. If you hate the treadmill or gym, try outdoor activities to keep you active and healthy. Staying fit and healthy and just one of the benefits of being outside.
What are you waiting for?!
So now I want to know:
What is your favorite outdoor activity? And have you personally felt any of the benefits of being outside that I highlighted above? Comment below or hit me up on social media or via email!
Sign up for the monthly #GetOutsideChallenge!
Starting in August, we’ll be starting a fun monthly challenge to encourage people to spend more time outside! It’ll be an excuse to do one thing, either on one day or throughout the month, and share on social media to get others moving outside too! Click this link to read more and don’t forget to sign up to get a downloadable challenge worksheet sent to your inbox so you’re ready for the challenge on August 1st!