Being outside is one of the best things that we can do for ourselves. Something about the fresh air and sunshine can really do wonders for us emotionally, physically and mentally. Sometimes, when the weather is just right, even just sitting outside on the patio furniture for even 15 minutes can refresh our outlook on life. Even if the weather isn’t just right, you can can still sit on the patio set with a patio heater and get that same feeling. We tend to underestimate the value of being outside. Especially if you work from home or are a stay at home parent, getting outside can be one more chore. However, the reality is, if we would make time to get outside for just a few minutes a day, it would make the rest of the day so much better. Here are a few benefits of enjoying the outdoors, according to recent studies.
- Ease Depression
A study done at the University of Michigan showed that nature walks were linked to good mental health and positive attitudes. It also showed significantly lower amounts of depression and even stress. If you are prone to depression or have a stressful life, it would be very beneficial for you to ask a friend to sit with you in that patio furniture or to take a walk and enjoy nature. Just remember not to talk about work or the things that are stressing you out. Just enjoy the fresh air, the breeze, the sunshine, the flowers or whatever it is that you find about the outdoors that can make you a happier person all the way around.
- Better Perspective
We can get caught up in the mundane things of life: working, paying bills, financial goals, etc., all these things that get to us. Even things that are supposed to be a blessing like raising a family can get us down if we are inside to much. Being outside gives you a much more positive outlook on life. It reminds you that you are part of something much bigger and that your children and your family really are a blessing. Just take a moment, recline on patio furniture sets, close your eyes and take in the world around you. Remember how much you wanted children, a husband or a wife, the home you have. Count your blessings and get up feeling a renewed appreciation for what life has given you.
- Improved Focus
A study that was published in Psychological Science showed that being outside gives your brain a much needed break from the overwhelming day to day activities. This has a rejuvenating effect on your mind and your attention levels, allowing you to focus better when you return from your mini break. If you can’t focus on your work or your home, there’s really no point in doing it. Everyone needs a break every now and again to refresh themselves. Think about a weekend getaway to the countryside or maybe even a family camping trip where you can get out the tents and the patio furniture and the campfire and enjoy time together among nature.
- Stronger Immune System
Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School actually proved that those who spent an average of six hours outdoors over a span of two days had an increase in white blood cells that fight of infection and virus. This boost in white cells lasted a minimum of seven following days. So, being outside can actually strengthen your immune system. If you spent most of your weekends outdoors then you wouldn’t have to worry about getting sick that much throughout the week. No one likes to be sick and if you find yourself contracting every cold and virus that sweeps through the workplace, think about the last time that you were outside. It may have something to do with it.
So, now that you have all the facts, get the family and get outside this weekend. Set up the new gas grill that you’ve been meaning to test out and let everyone enjoy the sunshine and the grass and all the benefits that go along with being outside. Not only will you all feel great, but it will bring the family closer than ever before.