Many people spend their workdays in front of a computer indoors, and then return home to watch Netflix, use their cell phones, or continue to sit behind of a screen. As technology has improved and screen time has increased, finding time to go outside may be a challenge for some.
Research says that being cooped up all day can lead to a number of negative effects, including anxiety and fatigue. Taking time to get some fresh air and a little sunshine is essential for your mental and physical health.
Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Get Outside:
1. De-Stress Yourself
The buzzing of people, cars and technology makes our minds constantly stimulated, putting stress on our brains throughout the day. Studies show that finding time to get outside and take a hike, walk or just lay in the sun is beneficial to your health. Going outside in nature captivates us in a different way than much of our other daily activities - it is gentle and peaceful - it calms the mind rather than adding stress to it.
2. Eliminate Fatigue
Skip the coffee and energy drinks and get outside! Being outdoors can greatly improve both mental and physical fatigue. Mental fatigue is a condition triggered by prolonged cognitive activity, leaving your mind exhausted - constant multi-tasking can send your brain into overdrive. The outdoors is a restorative environment for the brain, giving it many benefits including increased energy and focus. One study even suggests that 20 minutes of being outside will give you as much energy as one cup of coffee!
3. Get Creative
Feeling stumped at work and have little creative juices flowing? Nature can help get over your creative block and get inspired. When you spend time in nature or participating in more mellow activities, our imagination is activated. This supports your creativity and positive well-being. If you are experiencing a creative block, than stepping outside for a few minutes may be the solution.
4. Being Outdoors Helps Fight Depression & Anxiety
Feeling down? Getting back to nature can help fight your depression and anxiety. Interacting with our natural environment offers many therapeutic benefits. Calming nature views and peaceful sounds lower stress levels and blood pressure, having a soothing effect on the mind and body.
5. Better Concentration, Memory & Alertness
Studies show that taking walks in nature rather than an urban environment will boost your memory- even just looking at nature photos can help boost your memory! In addition, research also shows that children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors. Doses of nature can serve as a safe, free-of-charge, accessible tool that can improve brain functionality.
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