Maybe you’re a self-proclaimed homebody. Everything you’ll ever need is right there, in your home, whenever you want it. It’s warm; it’s safe and it’s comfortable. So who actually needs to go outside? Actually, most people can reap the benefits of spending time outside the house once in a while. Getting out is actually good for you.
Look on the Bright Side
Vitamin D is important for many of the vital functions of our bodies, and one of the major ways we synthesize it is through exposure to sunlight. Just by being outside and in the sun, we are making positive choices for our health. Whether it’s through a short walk in the park or lounging at the beach, an extra dose of sunlight may also be good for our mental health.
Cabin Fever is Real
Spending too much time at home can leave us feeling cooped up and may even contribute to more serious mental health challenges. It’s all well and good to be an introvert, to love your own space, but getting out gives us a change of scenery, invites new experiences, and can have many positive benefits.
Nature is Calling
What’s so great about the great outdoors? For one, being outside and surrounded by nature can boost your energy levels. If you’re having a particularly tough day and you’re feeling sluggish, maybe getting outside is exactly what you need. Here are a few ways you can take in all Mother Nature offers.
- Have you heard of “forest bathing”? Simply put, it’s the practice of immersing oneself in nature without distraction. Forest bathing has been associated with lowered levels of hostility and depression. If you want to give it a try, ditch the phone and venture to the nearest park or trail near you.
- If the natural world isn’t your cup of tea, even a short walk can do wonders. In the middle of a work day, I like to put on a podcast or audiobook and take several laps around the block just to stretch my legs and get a breath of fresh air.
- Are you an animal lover? You can get to know the wildlife around your neighborhood through activities like birdwatching or identifying plants. You might be amazed at what you find around you. To get started, check out your local library for guides you can check out for free. From there, all you need is a little bit of curiosity.
The benefits of sunshine and fresh air are worth the extra effort it might take to get out that front door. If it seems intimidating at first, it’s okay to start with tiny steps. And, of course, you can always return home at the end of the day. Adventure awaits you whenever you’re ready.