As temperatures get warmer and we have fewer work and social commitments, more of us are heading outdoors.
Feeling the warmth of the sun, listening to the birds, sitting in your backyard admiring your garden, or playing a round of golf can make you feel refreshed and invigorated. In fact, getting outside has a lot of benefits, some you may find surprising.
Good for the Brain
Nature can sustain us both mentally and physically. Research shows a little time in nature can improve memory. Being immersed in nature allows our mind to unwind and return to full functioning.
In addition to better brain function, time outside can help you de-stress. Although health officials and outdoor organizations are encouraging people not to travel to recreational spots, there are plenty of benefits in recreating close to home–and you only need to spend 120 minutes per week outside to start seeing the rewards.
Makes Us Feel Good
Ever notice how time spent digging in your garden or playing a round of golf makes you feel happier? Time spent outdoors doing activities you enjoy will boost your mood and make you happier.
Research shows you don’t have to hike to the top of a mountain or cycle 100 miles to gain these benefits. The following are a few simple ways to help you spend less time inside and more time enjoying nature:
- Work outside while working from home
- Read on your porch or deck
- Do daily activities outside (cutting coupons, checking your email, making phone calls)
- Start a garden in your backyard (extra health points for the fresh produce!)
- Go for a daily morning walk
- Eat dinner outside when weather permits
- Pick-up an outdoor hobby (photography, hiking, biking, outdoor yoga)
- Take your kids to the park after dinner
- Become a dog walker (you’ll even make some extra cash!)
- Take your lunch break outside
- Start a walking club at work
- Plan at least one outdoor activity each weekend
Improves Sleep and Boosts Vitamin D
It’s no coincidence that spending time outside can improve your sleep. Natural light helps our bodies better regulate sleep patterns. Increased physical activity outdoors can relax our bodies, so when the sun sets, we can relax and fall asleep.
Time spent outdoors in the sunlight can boost levels of Vitamin D. However, too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage and an increased risk of skin cancer. Small doses of sunlight can be safe and beneficial. Recent studies indicate time outdoors can allow your body to absorb more Vitamin D—which is known to strengthen bones, help regulate insulin levels, and reduce the risk of some diseases.
Connects Us With Our Spirituality
Spending time in nature helps us live in the moment as we breathe in the air, listen to the sound of the birds chirping, or feel the grass on our feet. Nature can even teach valuable lessons and reveal metaphors to help us connect with our spirituality. The changes of the seasons reflect the peaks and valleys we go through in life. Meanwhile, a coursing river reminds us of our need to “go with the flow” and navigate the waters of life.
As we seek to live the Healy Spirit, our #1 priority is to care for our clients. In these unsettled times, we’ve found it helpful to focus on those things that are certain. Thankfully, spending time in nature and working with our clients are everyday pleasures we can still embrace.
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About the Authors
Connie Greenwood, Personal Insurance Advisor
Connie Greenwood has 35 years of experience as an Insurance Advisor. She enjoys helping her clients and prospects understand their insurance options, and crafting insurance solutions tailored to their unique needs. Connie finds great joy in being a trusted advisor for her clients. She loves helping protect their financial welfare against unforeseen accidents and circumstances and bringing them peace of mind.
Tim Pingel, Personal Insurance Advisor
Tim Pingel has almost 20 years of experience as a personal insurance adviser. He provides individuals, couples, and families with home, auto, and umbrella insurance. His ultimate goal is to be his clients’ trusted adviser and expert, so they have the peace of mind and protection they deserve.