Changes to Make That Will Quickly Get You Spending More Time Outside
Browse main article categories
A few decades ago, many people might spend the vast majority of their time outdoors, both for work and recreation.
Since then, societies around the world have become more industrialised, and as our technologies have become more sophisticated, that previous norm has well and truly become a thing of the past. Today, many people rarely ever leave their homes other than for the commute to work, the occasional social gathering, and the odd trip to the shops.
This is deeply detrimental for a variety of reasons, including the fact that time spent in the great outdoors and close to nature appears to be a fundamental component in safeguarding good physical and psychological health.
What’s more, recent COVID-19 restrictions have meant that we’re all currently even more likely to be confined indoors than ever before.
Here are a few practical changes you can take in your everyday life to consistently nudge yourself to spend more time outside.
Take the style and design of your garden seriously, and do some landscaping
If you’re fortunate enough to have a garden, you should absolutely take the job of landscaping seriously, and should do whatever you can to turn the place into somewhere you reliably want to spend time.
If your garden is a mess, and you find it frustrating to even venture out into it, you are really wasting a golden opportunity. On the other hand, if your garden is designed, curated, and styled to be an uplifting place where you feel at peace, you will naturally be drawn to spend more time there.
Whether refilling your bird feeders in the morning, or lounging in the sun with a good book on a summer’s day, a well-managed garden is a great place to be.
Set yourself a simple daily habit of getting outside into a green space, for at least a few minutes at a time
If you are routinely busy with a variety of everyday chores and obligations, finding the time to venture out into a green area on a regular basis might seem like an impossible task – or, in any event, like a difficult and frustrating thing to manage.
However, if you make the effort to prioritise this, it could vastly improve your mental and physical health.
Do whatever it takes to begin getting into the habit of spending time outside on a regular basis. Set yourself a daily habit to spend at least a few minutes each day in such an environment, even if that just means going for a 10 minute walk.
Take your exercise routine into the great outdoors
In modern times, our “exercise routines” frequently take place in air-conditioned and carefully laid out gyms, or else in our own homes. But it makes just as much sense – or even more sense – to take your exercise routine into the great outdoors, instead.
This might mean going cycling or jogging around the block, doing some yoga or calisthenics in a local park or in your garden, or hiking up a hill or mountain.
One way or the other, getting physically active in the great outdoors can really feel amazing. And having a closer connection with nature, often leads to us taking better care of it too. Which is a win-win!
In Northern Europe, around 12 million people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Symptoms range from mild such as feeling a little…
You’ve all been waiting patiently to begin making your own household cleaners. You know some of the nasties you want to avoid…