The Detoxifying Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

More than half of Americans report spending less than five hours in nature per week according to The Nature of Americans study. The increasing use of computers, smartphones, TVs, and other technology is pulling many people away from the natural world and into a toxic lifestyle. In order to detoxify ourselves from the harmful parts of our culture we must rest, cleanse, and nourish the body. There are simple ways to make changes that will have lasting benefits. Incorporating exploration through nature can help to reset and inspire a healthy mindset.

Relieve Stress

Whether you plan a weekend getawayat a cabin in the woods or just leave your devices behind on a walk around your neighborhood, being out in nature can have a calming effect. Birds chirping, streams trickling, and the stillness of the forest will ease your worries and remind you that your worth is not determined by your productivity. Even ducking outside of our climate-controlled workplaces and homes, breathing in fresh oxygen can help to dissipate the tension that builds in our bodies and in our minds.

Improve Your Mood

Our moods highly affect the decisions we make. With the outdoors in mind, fresh air can help to clear your head and inspire joy. Whether you live in a rural or urban area, one of best resources in our communities are the parks. They allow people access to green space for picnics and outings and remind us of the beauty of life. Some parks may have trails you can explore. In addition to getting exercise, exploring a new place can lead to a sense of wonder.

Boost Your Immune System

Being out in nature can help you recenter your mind and your body. Soaking up essential vitamin D from the sun will contribute to a better sense of wellness and overall health. Ask a friend or family member to join you and embrace the opportunity to share time together in an unmediated way. Often our relationships are kept up through social media, text messages or email conversations, but there’s nothing like sharing face-to-face interactions to deepen relationships and life’s meaning.