Mindful Monday: Get Outdoors in Nature!

May 25, 2015
nature, baroon lake, montville, queensland

nature, baroon lake, montville, queensland

This post is Part 4 of a 10 part series that is an extension of this post I wrote on the subject of the importance of introducing some regular Digital Detox time in our lives. In that post I listed 10 Good Reasons to introduce regular Digital Detox time into our lives. Each week for 10 weeks I will expand a little on each of those 10 reasons listed.  If you haven’t already, you might like to check out:  Part 1 – De-Clutter Your Mind, Part 2 – Reconnect to the Present and Part 3 – Conduct a Self-Audit.  This week we look at:

GET OUTDOORS IN NATURE!

There are so many reasons to get up out of your desk chair and get  yourself some Digital Detox time outdoors in nature!  It’s something we should really be doing every day!  Here’s my Top 5 reasons to get outdoors in nature:

  • YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS WILL RISE – Sunlight on our skin elevates our Vitamin D levels.  This vitamin is essential to help fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks!
  • YOU WILL GET SOME EXERCISE – We should all be trying to achieve a minimum of 10,000 steps per day.  These are some of the health benefits you will achieve:  weight loss; reduced risk of heart disease or stroke; fend off diabetes by improving the body’s ability to use insulin; walk away pain and stiffness from Arthritis; keep your bones strong which prevents Osteoporosis; sleep a whole lot better; build strength and stamina; enhance your mental functions; counteract anger, depression, and anxiety.
  • YOU WILL ENHANCE YOUR MOOD – Research has proven that spending time outdoors in nature enhances our moods and lifts our spirits.  Just looking at a beautiful scene in nature activates parts of the brain associated with balance and happiness! Spending time outdoors can help reduce the symptoms of depression!  You will return home with a much improved outlook on life!
  • YOU WILL BE BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNITY – Interesting fact:  researchers at Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School found that women who spent six hours in the woods over the course of two days had an increase in virus- and tumor-fighting white blood cells, and the boost lasted at least seven days afterwards!
  • YOU WILL HAVE A CLEARER HEAD – The combination of being out in the fresh air of nature and moving your body (walking, running, hiking or perhaps gardening) will result in clearer focus and ability to concentrate!

I found a really interesting book on this topic (added to my ‘to read’ list) called ‘Your Brain On Nature: The Science of Nature’s Influence on Your Health, Happiness and Vitality‘ by Eva M Selhub, MD.  It contains some really good information on how to safely de-tox from IT overload with the healing effects of nature.

So what are you sitting there for?  Go on, get yourself outside!  I need to do more of this too!

Ciao for now,

Min-Signature

p.s. The feature photograph for today’s post was taken in June 2014 of Baroon Lake, Montville – Queensland Australia.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 25, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I’m totally with you on this – I really need to plan screenfree time for me! I’ve so lazy (addicted)…outdoors, leaving it behind is a great way to do it!

    • Reply Min May 25, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      I need to improve on this too Lydia! I got plenty of outdoor time and oodles of activity with it when we were in Tassie but not so much since we got home. Being unwell certainly hasn’t helped. I do know though that getting outside and active helps me a lot in every which way!

  • Reply Fairlie May 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

    There is nothing like a dose of the outdoors to blow away the cobwebs and do a mind re-set.

    • Reply Min May 25, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      That is very true Fairlie!

  • Reply Rhianna May 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Getting out doors is the best thing, it is something I need to do everyday else my brain just explodes. Then again I am one of those people who could happily live in the wilderness

    • Reply Min May 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      I’m one of those people who is uplifted by being out in nature. I’m not a huge exerciser but I do love walking. I’m not sure I could live in the wilderness! OK – if it were in a nice house with all that I needed I could! 😉

  • Reply Gael - The Vinyl Edition May 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Very true, Min. I get a bit lazy, apart from walking/riding to school and back with the kids. At least that’s something I guess. Getting out and about definitely charges the batteries.

    • Reply Min May 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Walking or riding to school each day with the kids is great! 🙂

  • Reply Kirsty @ My Home Truths May 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I am consciously trying to spend at least half an hour each day outside. I am alternating walking/jogging with playing tennis and I feel fantastic after each session. Definitely a great way to feel better both mentally and physically x

    • Reply Min May 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Sounds like you’ve got a good routine going Kirsty! I’m sure you’ll see some positive results very soon if not already! 🙂 x

  • Reply Zita May 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I need to do this more, especially in a Winter. I have a fear that it’s too cold outside but more often than not it’s warmer outside than it is in my little unit! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Reply Min May 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      LOL – you’re the opposite of me Zita! I’m more inclined to be active in winter because I don’t cope well with the heat of summer. I do spend a lot of time in the pool in summer though! 🙂

  • Reply Anne@GritandGiggles May 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Oh yes, definitely more outside time needed. I do try and get out for a bit every day, usually to take photos, but I need to involve a bit more exercise in this.

    • Reply Min May 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      I had heaps of outdoor time when we were away on holidays but need to make more of an effort now we’re back home. Time to get back into regular walking and yes – I like taking photographs too! 🙂

  • Reply Alicia May 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I am never disappointed when I get out in nature. Definitely great fuel for the soul.
    I’ve been out gardening the last week at our local community garden. The more I go there, the more motivated I am to get outside again, and do more.

    • Reply Min May 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Sounds like this community garden is a great thing for you Alicia! Good on you! 🙂

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