As a kid, I have such strong memories of my Mum telling me to ‘go outside and get some fresh air and run around, go play.’ I am pretty sure that she did not know the science behind it, but it was and is such great advice.
On the blog ‘Simple Mom’, the writer Tsh recently wrote about how she had been feeling down. Then it came to her that she had not been outside very much.
“Get air in your lungs and work your muscles. It doesn’t have to be a marathon—just getting out of the house and moving will do wonders for your attitude and outlook on life. There are all sorts of studies that prove outside time an immediate antidote to depression, but you don’t have to even be depressed to find respite from fresh air and the natural world.
We spend so much of our lives indoors, and that’s really a shame, I think. We can all spare half an hour per day. Get out there, and experience creation. Your body and soul will thank you for it.”
In this age of technology and so much screen time, I think we need to be constantly reminded to get outside, to move around and to take time out to ‘be’ in a different way. And, this is not just for us personally, but for our children, our classes and even our families.
It does wonders on so many levels – well-being, talking while walking, clears the head, lifts our eyes, opens our world up…plus so much more. What would you add to the list?
Set a goal, enjoy the outdoors in some way each day.