Head Outside for Improved Well-Being!
By Donna Stark
Even when a part of the solution that will lead us to victory in life is literally right outside of our doorways, so many of us continue to battle against stress and anxiety, depression and unproductivity, and boredom and immobility. What is the solution? Well, have you heard about Mother Nature? No matter how challenging things may seem at the moment, there is always one thing we can all turn to that will help us get through the tough times. Take a look at how you can consistently and intentionally connect with the great outdoors.
Take a Walk
Outdoor exercise can be a vital component in both your physical and mental health and there is no easier workout you can choose than to lace up your shoes and go for a walk. Walking can help reduce stress and anxiety, can increase focus and creativity, and will help to keep all your joints healthy. Try to walk at a moderate pace for at least 30 minutes every day but don't forget to stop and smell the roses along the way. There is simply too much beauty to miss by keeping your head down and rushing back home.
Whether you have children with you or not, try to find some way that you can play outside. If your kids are with you, pull your bikes out, head to your local park, or teach them how to slam dunk a basketball. And if you are looking for a more "adult" way to play, join a sports team, run a fitness course, or head to the driving range. Finding time to play outdoors will significantly benefit your overall health and wellness.
Appreciate the Night
If you are trying to recover from a very stressful day, nothing works as good as some quiet time under the dark, night sky. Head outside to your porch with your favorite drink, some soft music, and a candle or two, practice some deep breathing techniques, or spend some time reading. Use the quiet of the night to your advantage and let your stress and worries melt away. Doing this will put you in the perfect frame of mind for complete rest once you head back indoors.
Head Outside for Optimal Health
Fresh air, Vitamin D, and some peace and quiet will always do your body good. Connecting with nature is one of the easiest ways to improve both your physical and mental health, so don't delay! Throw on a pair of shoes and take advantage of what Mother Nature freely provides. You won't be sorry for doing so!
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