Are you making time to be outside? I know that may sound a bit bold during these times but it really is important. I’m not talking about running errands, essential work, or non-essential activities ( minding my business, but be safe out here). I’m referring to time outdoors spent in nature, studies show this can improve our overall wellbeing. With social distancing and quarantine, options are limited, but not eliminated. Like many of us, this year has caused me to become hyper-aware of my health: physically, mentally, emotionally. One of my favorite additions to my everyday life has been making more time to be immersed in nature.
In my last piece I spoke about keeping our immune systems high and honestly, spending time outside could aid in that as well (safely ofc)! Spending time in nature is proven to help reduce stress-related hormones, improve mood, increase vitamin D absorption, and overall heal. Natural light, fresh air, stillness, thriving ecosystems, and life all contribute to these benefits.
Getting up and out in the morning is my personal favorite for spending time in nature because it feels extra peaceful and I can still get back home early. Usually only a few people are up, mainly just animal sounds and vibes. I enjoy it!
Most of our senses will be stimulated when we take the time to get out there. There’s something about hearing birds chirp, wind whistling, or water rippling. The sight of plants growing, trees aging, the sun shining, clouds passing, and animals being in communion is a reminder that life is beautiful. The smell of flowers, someone’s cooking, or even freshly cut grass keeps us present. It’s the little things.
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Originally published at http://dayswithdash.blog on December 8, 2020.