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Get Muddy for Your Mental Health

By Brandi Goodman  

Sometimes, we need to get outside and enjoy nature. It's beneficial for your mental well-being. A simple walk around the block can suffice for some, but others will need to get even more creative to gain the benefits. Getting muddy, for example, can be great for your mental health. Here's how.

Boosting Creativity

A creative activity can be good for the mind. When you're stressed and overwhelmed, finding something creative to focus your energy on can help reduce your blood pressure, limit your stress, and even help improve your focus and creative skills. Think back to when you were a kid. Playing in the dirt and mud was probably a lot of fun. You can build castles, dig a moat, make snakes, and so many other fun things. Get outdoors and play in the mud like you did when you were little to boost your creativity and help your mind.

Stimulating the Immune System

Bacteria found in soil is often friendly to our systems. It can help to stimulate the immune system and cause serotonin to be released. This hormone is used to help regulate mood. This means when you're out playing in the mud, you're more likely to be in a better mood and simply feel good overall. 

Increasing Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D is another thing that can help regulate mood. When you're outside, you're increasing your Vitamin D levels from the sun. Though you shouldn't be outdoors for long -- especially without sunscreen -- you should get outside every day you can to gain the benefits. Enjoy time outside playing in the mud and you'll be increasing your Vitamin D levels and warding off symptoms of depression.

Ways to Get Muddy

There isn't a one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to getting muddy. You can get outside with your kids and build a mud castle. You can attend a mudding event and watch trucks and tractors drive through the mud. You can be a driver yourself in the event. You can jump in mud puddles. You can also simply get in your garden on a rainy day or after you've wet the soil to feel the mud on your hands. Every option will have you gaining the mental health benefits.

Get muddy for your mental health. No matter how you choose to play or indulge, you'll gain plenty of benefits. Sometimes, getting a little muddy is all we need to relieve our stress and ease our minds from the weight of the world.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Jordan, Utah.

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