Past generations did not have to try to get outdoors because their farming demanded that they spend a lot of time outside.
Years ago, people knew the value of being close to nature. We have lot a lot of the closeness to trees, flowers, grass, and seeing the wonders of the sky in modern day. Video games, air conditioning, and other activities keep many people inside their homes.
Getting outdoors for as little as 30 minutes per week can have a positive effect on your mental health and blood pressure, possibly reducing anxiety and depression according to a recent study by the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.
Playing outdoors if good for children, so not for adults too?
Most parents try to give their children time to play outdoors. They may take them to a park to explore the trails or teach them about planting flowers or a garden. If these activities are beneficial to children, they may also be good for adults. There is a healing quality about being in nature and seeing the wonderous environment, even if you do not go any further than to your community park.
Adults can also get exercise for the day by playing badminton, tennis, volleyball, or Frisbee golf. For those not in the best physical shape, a slow, leisurely walk around the park tail is all that it takes to begin exercising and getting in shape as you spend time in the great outdoors.
Feeling a connection to the Earth
Seeing yourself as part of nature can help you to feel connected to other humans, animals, and plants. It can allow you to yourself in perspective when you stand next to a tall tree or close to a mountain. You can feel important, yet realize that you are not the center of the Earth as it is easy to do if you never go outside except to hop in your car to go to the office and then come home again.
Since it takes such a short amount of time to benefit from being outdoors, there is really no reason to not try spending 30 minutes at your park or another outdoor spot to see if you feel more balanced and healthier. This is one of the easiest ways to promote wellness every season of the year.