3 Reasons To Go Outside & Get Some Fresh Air Right Now!

September 17, 2020

Hey guys, even though we’re still in a global pandemic, we must go outside and get fresh air every single day, especially in case we go into a second lockdown in Europe! 😒

*Thank you very much Coronavirus!* 😑

I’m not sure about you but I hate wearing a mask everywhere I go (since I struggle to breathe in it and break out from it, thank you maskne) so I prefer being at home as it’s cozy and I get to binge-watch my shows on Netflix.

However, I still push myself to go outside every day or I’ll find myself not leaving the house for days at a time which in the past has hurt my mental health. I’m sure some of you can relate to this? 👀👀👀

Whether, you’re struggling with working from home or you’re feeling frustrated with going into the office, or you’re simply restless from being cooped in for long periods like I am then here are three reasons why you should go outside and get some fresh air right now!

Ps. Don’t forget to get into your cozy knits and boots (wellies, depending on where you live). 🤗 

  1. Going outside will boost your productivity levels

Going outside and getting fresh air every day (even for 30 minutes a day) is so important for productivity. Especially when your workload is overwhelming or you find yourself working beyond the 9-5 hours. (Easily done).

Whether you are going for a walk, a run or just being in nature, you will enhance concentration, alertness, and creativity. Trust me! 😍

If you can, try going outside on your lunch breaks because I don’t know about you, I get super tired and sleepy after I have lunch, so for me, it’s better to go out at lunch, even if I have to wear the mask.

If you can’t go out on your lunch break though, then definitely go out in the evenings and at the weekends as well.

  1. You’ll sleep better

Getting away from your screens will help you sleep better, because did you know that blue light emitted by your phone, tablet, and/or laptop will mess with your sleeping patterns?

I don’t know about you, but if I stay home in the evenings or weekends I find myself using my iPhone/iPad/laptop all day, even when I am in bed trying to sleep!

In addition to this, our internal body clock is affected by exposure to direct sunlight so getting outside, even if it doesn’t appear to be particularly sunny, you should go outside as it will help balance and synchronise our clocks which in turn will help us sleep better. 

  1. It feels good to be outside, no matter what the weather!

I am sure we can all agree that being outside makes us feel good? 

Even walking aimlessly, helps release mood-enhancing endorphins just like it does when you’re exercising or doing any physical activity for that matter, which helps reduce anxiety and stress. 

Trust me, I never regret going outside, unless it’s raining and I don’t have an umbrella, etc. 😅 Plus being outside allows you to reconnect with nature which is important for your mind, body, and soul. It’s nourishing.

I love going to the lake, woods, parks, etc where I am surrounded by nature and I usually listen to a podcast or I call someone so that being out in nature is even more enjoyable if I am alone.

I also love going on hikes on the weekends but I usually do this as two or more people activity. Regardless of what I do when I’m outside, if the weather is good, as it is at the moment, I’ll be outside as much as possible.

You’ll see from some of my most recent posts found here, I love being out in nature.

To simply put it, it’s important to go outside, especially when it’s sunny as it will give us a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Which I for one don’t have enough of, even though I live in a city with continental weather, thus I need to take a Vitamin D supplement. 🙂

To end, I hope this serves as a reminder for you to try and get out of the coziness of your home and go outside, for at least 30 minutes every day.

Until next time ….

With love,

Salma

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