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How getting outside improves our moods and health

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After spending lots of time cooped up inside you may notice that things are starting to feel a little stir crazy. Staying inside for extended periods of time has an impact on our mental health, it increases our symptoms of anxiety and depression... And a great way to combat that is to get outside. Spending time in nature has been shown to make us happier and healthier. It even helps reduce our blood pressure and lower stress levels. After spending most of the stressful 2020 inside, it is important to get back out into nature for some much-needed healing!

But going outside isn’t just great for helping your stress or anxiety…There are also many other benefits. For example, you get that essential boost of vitamin D, which in turn can help with bone growth and boosting your immune system. Spending time outdoors has also shown a link to better brain function. It has shown that after spending time outdoors we gain the ability to have more concentration and creativity.

Spending time in nature is great because you can find a relaxing change of scenery and get in some physical activity. The combination of getting outdoors and getting exercise is really beneficial to your physical and mental health. By just taking a walk around your neighborhood, you are helping to reduce your blood pressure and stress levels. Outdoor activities can be especially beneficial to children with ADHD, proving to help with focus and improving concentration. Getting outdoors can help our moods as well, so if people are starting to get grumpy heading into nature is sure to help!

Some great activities to get you started on your outdoor adventures includes: Finding your nearest hiking trail and going for a hike, packing together a small bag of sandwiches and drinks, and heading out to a nice green area for a picnic, taking a bike ride, or even just going to your local park. As long as you are being active under the sun, then you will feel great, the point is to just get outside for a bit… And don’t forget your sunblock!

Clara Busé is a recent graduate from SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a BFA in Writing and is currently working from her hometown, Atlanta.

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