Beep, beep beep. Rolled over and hit snooze.
But then I reconsidered.
Morning always seems to come a little too early. But it’s also the coolest part of the day and the time I get up to enjoy nature.
It’s a great way to start the day and being outdoors in nature makes everything better.
Including your attitude, your health and your skin.
I recently read a statistic that really bothered me. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has figured out that, on average, Americans spend 93% of their time indoors.
That’s 87% inside and 6% in cars. Yikes!!!
Let’s work to change this. I truly believe that getting outside is a simple solution to a lot of humanity’s problems.
Here are three great reasons to get to get out in nature (and you don’t have to get up early if you don’t want to).
Mother Nature can be your best therapist at times
A few years ago, I went through a hard period in my life. I had the help of a great therapist and some understanding friends, but I was struggling to get on with my life and barely made it out of bed some days, let alone to work.
That period was when I truly realized the healing power of nature. Every day, whether (weather) sun, wind, snow or rain I got out and took a long walk in the woods by my house. Some days I was deep inside my own mind, and others I became absorbed in the wonder and beauty around me.
No matter where my mind was, each day I returned from my walk in a far better place. Eventually, I rebounded- stronger, more confident, happier, and better than before. Nature was my great therapy and still is.
It turns out, it’s not just me.
If there's one thing that researchers can agree on it’s that spending time outdoors in nature is good. More than 10 studies have shown improved self-esteem and elevated mood after time spent outdoors.
Plus, the break from your devices and screens helps improve your mental focus and clarity.
Being in nature improves your body’s health
Of course, moving your body and getting exercise is always good for your health. Doing it in nature, or even being outdoors in nature even if you don’t exercise is even better.
According researchers at the University of Minnesota,
“Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.”
How is nature good for your skin?
Your skin reflects your overall health. If your mind and body are glowing with good health, your skin will be too.
Nature directly benefits your skin too. here's how:
- Fresh air allows your skin to breathe better.
- Interactions with nature lowers your stress levels which means that those pesky surges of cortisol that prematurely age your skin are reduced.
Nature also helps to lower your inflammation levels which means fewer damaging free radicals and better functioning skin.
There are so many benefits to getting out in nature
If you’re not in the habit of taking a small break (or a big one) each day, I really hope you start to make time to. Even a few minutes sitting under a tree or outdoors under the blue sky can make a big difference.
Here’s the summary of why it’s such a good idea:
- You’ll experience a natural elevation of your mood because spending time in nature allows you a more positive outlook.
- Experiencing nature can help improve your short term memory
- Being in nature improves your mental health by relieving anxiety and depression. More than 10 studies have shown improved self-esteem and elevated mood after time spent outdoors.
- Elevated energy levels, improved focus, and flourishing creativity.
- Potential boost in your immune system.
Being outside just feels good! If you haven’t spent time outside lately, don’t be discouraged!
All you need is a few small steps to get started. Begin your morning with some SPF moisturizer and a quick 10-15 minute stroll through the park, your neighborhood or your favorite walking path.
With all those benefits, it’s hard to say no.
So, rather than grab that extra 10 minutes of semi-snoozing, I got up, dressed and went out to start my day the best way I know how.
I hope you get a chance to get out in nature today too.
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