Simply being outside in nature is so beneficial for people at any age or at any stage of health. Life is filled with varying tensions, from health issues to overwhelming busyiness and to-do lists to the pressure of making life-altering decisions.
Just last month, I was handed some hard news about my baby concerning possible food allergies. I could have immediately jumped on the Internet to see what Dr. Google had to say. But instead, I popped the baby in the stroller and headed outside for a walk. The fresh air and sunshine helped to steel my racing thoughts—and of course, being outside made the baby happy.
Being outside grounds us. Oftentimes, nature is a mini-escape from life’s stresses and busyness. It helps us to slow our pace and soak up the natural world around us. Arguably, it is the best prescription for one’s health with the least possible side effects.
So the next time you need to de-stress, relax, reflect or detach, don’t forget to simply get outside. Here are my top benefits for getting outdoors.
20 Health Benefits of Simply Getting Outside
- Reinvigorates the body by breathing in fresh air
- Improves your mood
- Inspires activity and exercise
- Offers a break from technology
- Reduces stress
- Reactivates the body by basking in sunlight/natural light
- Reignites creative juices
- Boosts Vitamin D levels
- Sharpens kids’ imaginations and functional problem-solving skills
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps to regulate sleep cycles
- Spurs positivity
- Encourages a slower pace of life
- Reduces mental fog, anxiety and depression
- Improves immune system functions
- Increases focus and concentration
- Encourages contentedness and minimalism
- Increases energy
- Uncovers natural beauty and awe elements
- Encourages gratefulness
Why are you drawn to go outside?