With spring finally here, it’s time to get outside! Whether it be with a client, if they are willing and able, or when you are not working, make some time to enjoy some fresh air. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being, making for a happier, healthier, and more creative you! Here are just a few potential benefits of spending time outdoors.
- Lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress – Spending time walking outside or simply looking at trees lowers blood pressure and reduces the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
- Improves your mood – Researchers have found that nature simply makes us happy. Anxiety and depression are notably decreased after spending time outdoors.
- Improves your focus – Studies show that adults who have difficulties focusing are better able to concentrate after being in nature. Nature allows our brains to take a break from all that mentally drains us.
- Helps you heal quicker – Illness and surgery can be painful and frightening, which can increase stress and slow healing. However, researchers discovered that those who spent time outdoors during their recovery required fewer painkillers, had fewer complications, and experienced shorter hospital stays.
- Supports graceful aging – According to a study in the Journal of Aging and Health, adults over 70 who spent time outdoors experienced fewer sleep difficulties, complained less about aches and pains, and enjoyed improved mobility and ability to perform daily activities.
- Sunlight provides Vitamin D – When sunlight hits the skin, it triggers the process of vitamin D activation. Vitamin D has many benefits, including promoting healthy bones and teeth, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, and supporting heart health.
- Strengthens the immune system – Appreciating nature may have astounding effects on our immune systems. According to various studies, walking outdoors on a consistent basis may help increase your white blood cell count.