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February 10 2023

How to improve your wellbeing by spending more time outside

Cold weather seems like the perfect excuse to stay indoors for most of the time, and don’t get us wrong, cozy and warm inside is very nice, especially with a hot chocolate. But considering that we spend most of our days working indoors right in front of a screen, from time to time it’s good to remember the huge benefits of stepping outside. A bit of freshness can do no harm. Quite the contrary! And to show that at dimpora we walk the talk, here’s a photo for your reference.

Guess who didn’t have a clue about skiing.
Disclaimer: no Spanish people where harmed in the making of this photo.

As you can see, spending time outdoors has countless benefits that you simply can’t find indoors. Here are some of them and why you should make spending time in nature a priority (even if it’s just a 20-minute walk. Snow angels are also valid for a start, but make sure you’re wearing the right clothes 😉

IMPROVED PHYSICAL HEALTH

Outdoor activities offer a unique opportunity to get moving and improve your physical health. Whether you’re hiking, biking, ski-touring, or just peacefully walking, you’ll be using your muscles, increasing your heart rate, and burning calories. Plus, being in nature has been shown to lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increase the release of endorphins, our natural mood boosters.

ENHANCED MENTAL HEALTH

In addition to its physical advantages, spending time in nature has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health. Exposure to green spaces and natural environments can help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Being in nature provides a sense of calmness and tranquility.

Better Sleep

It also improves sleep quality, helping you to feel more rested and rejuvenated. Exposure to natural light during the day can regulate your circadian rhythm, making it easier to fall asleep at night. Additionally, the lack of artificial light and distractions in nature can help you get the deep, restful sleep you need to perform your best.

Increased Creativity

No wonder many creatives and artists find inspiration wandering in nature or spending long periods surrounded by it. It increases creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills. Whether you’re an artist, writer, or just looking for a new perspective, this practice can help you tap into your creative potential!

IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

Spending more time in nature can also help increase your awareness of the environment and the impact we have on the planet. By observing wildlife and ecosystems, you can gain a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation and sustainability.

All in all, just being outside and in touch with nature will bring a wealth of benefits for both your physical and mental health. Whether you’re an experienced outdoors person or just starting out, make time to get outside and experience the many benefits outdoor activities can bring. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel and how much more connected you are to the world around you.

If you still want to verify this information, just in case our picture was not enough evidence, here’s a good read: Your Brain On Nature