Whether it’s because of the winter or the temptation of screens, we, old and young, aren’t spending enough time outdoors. Here are three reasons to get out and treat our self-inflicted Nature Deficit Disorder.
- Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun- Spending time out will boost your vitamin D levels and that in turn, will boot your physical health. Studies have shown that vitamin D lowers blood pressure and regulates our immune system. But don’t forget that sunscreen!
- De-stress and lighten up- Being in nature can improve our mood and help us unwind, enjoy the present moment and connect with nature as we marvel at the beauty that surrounds us. Try forest bathing or hiking or simply taking a stroll in a park or along the beach and breathe in the fresh air.
- Heal- A study conducted by Robert Ulrich showed that patients who underwent gallbladder research who viewed trees withstood pain better and spent less time in the hospital compared to patients who looked at the wall.
Bottom line- Enjoy your Saturday and spend time in the great outdoors!