We read about it, watch news stories, perhaps listen to a podcast or hear about it from our doctors. Certainly, there is no doubt that being outside is good for the mind, body & soul. Even if you’re not the outdoorsy type or you have negative effects from the sun, heat, humidity, allergies or cold temps, there’s always a way to experience even five-ten minutes of daily outside activity.
Just like when our homes need to be aired out when the windows have been shut for the winter (or summer depending on your location), our bodies need to shake off the cobwebs and grab some much needed vitamin D. Take an early morning walk or sit on the porch with your favorite beverage. Run in the park or take a leisurely stroll. Play a sport or sit on the sidelines. Whatever you choose, try to get in some time with nature each day.
This article from the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing explains how nature helps us to heal. Another article from Greater Good Magazine describes how nature can make us kinder, happier and more creative. I don’t know about you, but I’m always game for that! If you need just one more bit of proof, here’s a short post about the trip my son & I took to Sedona & the Grand Canyon. They were some of the most beautiful, stress-free, glorious days I’ve ever had (my son will say “Yes” to this too). Be sure to check out the video at the end of the post!
The Weekend Challenge
In my last post, I challenged friends, family, and followers to capture some of their moments with nature–they did not disappoint. They’re all in agreement that being outside is both good for relaxation and overall strong health. They each gave permission to share their pics with you and hope you enjoy! Take a look at some of beauty that’s all around us. I hope you find some inspiration (more so during this pandemic) to step outside of the house & find a little healing. (Video Credit: San Diego Sunset by DD)
Outside is Good for the Mind, Body & Soul!
There are some great pics here–are you feeling the joy and peace yet?
I hope you’re able to get outside often. Just a few minutes of breathing in some fresh air, feeling the sun warm your body and let the sounds permeate your ears goes a long way. Ignore the stress, chaos and negative self-talk and just BE.
Okay, seriously–who doesn’t love a van Gogh house?
As Evening Falls–Healing Begins!