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Why Going Outside Is Important for Lowering Stress

By Genevieve Cunningham

Stress is a serious problem for a lot of people. And even if it's not a serious problem for you, it's definitely a prominent theme in your life. Stress is everywhere we look -- at home, at work, in society. Unfortunately, there's little we can do to completely eliminate stress from our lives. But we can learn to manage it. We can learn to minimize as much as possible. Looking for an easy way to get started? If you need a way to lower your stress, take a look at why you should start with an outdoor habit as soon as possible. 

Nature Is Soothing

Unless you're in bad weather or a dangerous situation, nature is incredibly soothing. The fresh air, the sunshine, the breeze. Even the endless green can be soothing. And things that feel soothing tend to calm our nerves and make us feel less stressed. Get outside and walk, sit, lie down, or just relax. The atmosphere alone is enough to lower your stress -- and on a regular basis, it can keep your stress levels lower on a consistent basis.

The Sun Helps Mental and Physical Health

It's not just about the green. The sun plays an important role in our health. The sun allows us to get Vitamin D -- a crucial vitamin in our overall well-being. Vitamin D helps our mood, our physical health, and the way that we feel overall. Put on some sunscreen (don't skip this step!), and head outside to get some sun and lower your stress just a bit every day.

You Need the Disconnection

When you go outside, leave your phone behind. Leave any tablet or electronic device. As much as we might fight it, we need this kind of disconnection. We need to be disconnected from the online world. We need to break the constant stimulation. At first, you might feel a little lost without your device, but over time, you may come to really enjoy this time in your day. Technology -- especially social media -- is stressful. Leave it behind, go outside, and watch your health improve like never before. 

Stress isn't going to disappear. No matter what you do, stress is still going to be a part of your life. And while that might seem overwhelming, it's actually OK! Just learn to manage the stress, and let nature help you. Create some outdoor space, spend time in the great outdoors, and enjoy the boost in mental health that comes with a little time in nature. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Allen, Tex.

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