5 Health Benefits of Being Outside

5 Health Benefits of Being Outside

It’s been impossible to avoid the news lately, no matter where you are in the world. These are uncertain, and scary times. Situations seem to be changing on a daily basis, practicing “social isolation” and not going out to public places is becoming the protocol, and no one seems to know exactly when this sickness that has taken over much of the world will pass.

In times like these, however, there’s one thing that remains consistent; it’s still okay to go outside. In fact, being out in nature can be extremely beneficial for your mental, physical, and emotional health.

During this time of uncertainty, it’s important to take the proper precautions to stay safe and healthy. But, if you can, take some time to get outside - even if it’s in your own back yard. Let’s go over some of the lasting benefits you can experience in doing so.

1. An Energy Boost

Some studies have suggested that spending just 20 minutes outdoors can give you the same amount of energy as a cup of coffee. If you’ve been cooped up in your house for a while (especially with kids), getting outside can give you just the boost you need without having to brew another cup of joe.

2. An Immunity Boost

You’ve probably heard that those with weakened immune systems are among the most susceptible to COVID-19. Spending time outdoors can help to boost your immune system naturally, thanks to the airborne chemicals produced by plants. These chemicals help to boost your white blood cell counts, which makes it easier for your body to fight off diseases.

3. A Feeling of Inspiration

If you’ve been stuck inside for too long, you could be feeling unmotivated and uninspired. Going outside can actually help to boost your creativity. So, whether you’re working from home and you’ve hit a wall or you’re trying to come up with creative activities to do with your kids, getting outside for a while can help you to feel more inspired.

4. An Increase in Focus

It can feel easy to go a little stir crazy when you’re stuck inside, or you’re not able to go through your normal daily routine, run errands, etc. Spending time outside can help to sharpen your focus and get you back on task so things don’t seem as hectic. This can be especially effective if you’ve been required to work at home and you’re having a hard time paying attention to your responsibilities.

5. A Release of Anxiety

It’s normal to feel a little anxious with everything going on, especially when we aren’t yet sure where things will go from here. But, by getting outside every day, you can reduce those feelings of anxiety. Take a few deep, meditative breaths of fresh air, and renew your mind every morning in the great outdoors. It’s important for all of us to stay as calm and clear-headed as possible.

While spending time outside might not solve everything that’s going on in our world right now, it’s something that’s free, and safe. More importantly, it’s familiar and comforting in a time when we all need that most.

Mar 16th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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