For the month of April I’m blogging alphabetically about quick, easy, and practical ways to relieve stress. To see the other posts in this series, click here.
Go outside! If it’s not raining, do it right now. I’m so serious. Being outside is a game changer. The fresh air, the green grass, the singing birds. I don’t know what it is. Reading that list back to myself sounds so cheesy, but I can’t delete it because it’s true.
I did some googling to try to find something credible to say about why being outside makes me feel so much less stressed, but I couldn’t find anything. Don’t get me wrong, there were TONS of articles about how going outside will rejuvenate you, lower your heart rate, decrease your stress levels, improve depression, etc., etc., etc. But none of them seemed to know why. I don’t really care why, I just know it works. So much so, that I’m making it a permanent fixture on my 6 most important things list.
From now on, if the weather is nice, I will spend a minimum of 15 minutes outside. 30 would be better. More would be great. I might sit and watch the kids play. I might sneak away from the kids and do a little reading. I might take the kids and go on a walk. I might sit on a bench and just watch my plants grow. Or go down to the pond and watch my insanely cute baby turtles swim around. Or maybe all of those things. It doesn’t really matter what I do, as long as I’m doing it outside. Being outside really does make everything seem better. It makes me calmer and happier, and I just love being out there. I’m so grateful the weather has been nicer because spending time outside has been so good for me and fun for the kids too.