31 Day Challenge to a Healthier You Day #7—Spend More Time Outdoors

nature pic by greyerbaby from Morguefile.com

nature pic by greyerbaby from Morguefile.com



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Did you know that you could boost your immune system by spending just 10 minutes on outdoor activities? Enjoying time in nature is good for your health and your self-esteem. Taking a walk in the park reduces stress, muscle tension and blood pressure when done on a regular basis. Here’s why getting out more often means a healthier you.

Natural Environments are Powerful Stress Reducers

Had a rough day at work? Rather than heading home to veg out in front of the TV or computer, go to the nearest park first and enjoy a leisurely stroll or a sit spot surrounded by nature. Surveys confirm that we recoup faster from stress when we are in a natural setting. See my post on What is the Sit Spot Challenge?

Nature Walks Can Enhance Your Concentration and Memory

Is an important work assignment driving you crazy? Can’t seem to focus your mind to get it done on time? Take a short break and walk outside. Spending 30 minutes walking in a natural environment improves concentration and memory.

Looking at Natural Landscapes Reduces Depression

Feeling down or overwhelmed? Go for a walk! And take your crayons. Crayons? Yes—crayons, colored pencils, a journal or sketchbook and record nature around you. Nature journaling is a great way to get involved in the moment outdoors, to get out of your head and become aware of your surroundings. You can read my post on Nature Journaling here to learn more.

There’s nothing like nature to soothe a worried mind. It’s one of the best natural remedies for anxiety and depression.


What is the Sit Spot Challenge?

Day 2 Sit Spot Challenge—Start Your Nature Journal

Books on Nature Journaling for Further Reading:

Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You

Nature Journaling: Learning to Observe and Connect With the World Around You

The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms

How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook

Drawn to Nature: Through the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie

Mixed-Media Nature Journals

Illustrating Nature: Right-Brain Art in a Left-Brain World

Nature Inspired: Mixed-Media Techniques for Gathering, Sketching, Painting, Journaling and Assemblage


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