“There’s just not enough time in the day!” – We all know that feeling… the day-to-day mad dash to tick everything off the to-do list. Finding time to get groceries done, clean the house or meeting the impossible deadline your boss has set. The modern world can stress us out to say the least. In all the hustle and bustle, it seems many of us have forgotten to literally stop and smell and roses. More and more studies are finding that making time to spend as little as 30 min per week in nature is a great stress-buster which restores mind, body and soul. http://www.sciencealert.com/just-30-minutes-of-nature-a-week-reduces-the-chance-of-depression-and-heart-disease.
Simply getting outdoors regularly can lower instances of depression, reduce blood pressure, increase a sense of social well-being, and promote physical fitness. What’s not to love about getting outdoors and soaking up the natural surroundings?! Even for young children, exposure and interaction with the natural world enhances their developing sense of self-esteem, social skills, creativity and problem solving abilities (http://richardlouv.com/books/vitamin-n/). There’s no need to drastically change your routine, just start small and simply spend 30 min per week going for a walk, reading a book in your backyard, or even dusting off the old picnic rug and enjoying a bite to eat with family and friends. See you outside!