Get Outside This Summer!
It’s true, getting outside in nature is good for you! Why? Well, for starters it helps reduce stress-related hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline and also lowers your blood pressure. Additionally, it can improve your mood and focus.1
Warm weather and sun
Now that the summer is upon us, I say continue to get outside as much as you can but be careful of the sun's harmful rays by using sun-protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and of course plenty of sunscreen.
Spending time outdoors can really bring a sense of calm to our lives, and there are so many ways to get out there and enjoy some fresh air, trees, and even the ocean. Here are just a few ideas:
Keep it simple
Go for a walk around your own neighborhood, or grab a friend! If you have a dog, hop in the car and try going to a nearby park or dog park so you and your furry friend can socialize with others while getting some fresh air.
Take a hike
There are so many great trails out there, but you don't have to push yourself to do advanced trails if you're not feeling strong enough to tackle them. Go online and research local parks with hiking trails and find a beginner one that won't take too long to complete. Be sure to pack water and a light snack just in case you get hungry or thirsty during your adventure.
Get sand between your toes
There's simply nothing better than the feeling of sand between your toes, and heading to a local beach is such delightful way to get back in touch with nature again. There are so many meditation apps out there now with the sound of the ocean, why not go to an actual ocean and listen to the waves crashing in real life? Pack a healthy lunch, plenty of water, grab a friend and you'll be feeling like you're on a vacation in no time!
Maybe you love to garden, or maybe you always want to learn? Gardening is a great way to spend time outside, but it's also a good way to get your mind off of things. Plus, who doesn't love having fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers right in their own backyard?
Rock the boat
Many local parks offer boat rentals, so why not venture out onto a lake in a rowboat, kayak, or paddleboat and enjoy a peaceful escape for an afternoon.
No matter what you choose to do, do your best to spend at least 1-2 hours each day outside, even if it's just a brisk walk or to read your favorite book out on your front porch. Just remember to protect your skin and stay hydrated....but most of all, have fun!
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