We live in a fast-paced society where “being busy” is often treated as a badge of honor. We’re “too busy” to slow down, look up, and be present, let alone find time to ourselves or indulge in stress-relieving hobbies outdoors. All of this hustle and bustle can affect your health and happiness.
Studies have shown that spending time outdoors has significant benefits, such as B. Managing stress and anxiety naturally, increasing endorphins (your body’s pain reliever) and serotonin (your mood-regulating hormone), encouraging creativity, improving self-esteem and overall improving your mental wellbeing. All good reasons to jump up immediately and discover your new favorite outdoor hobbies!
If you need a little inspiration, here is a list of outdoor activities that can help improve your mental health.
- Meditation or prayer. Our minds are bombarded with sensory overload every day, thousands of things ask for our attention. Try to find a quiet place outside to be still, close your eyes, clear your mind, and center yourself.
- Exercise. Traditional exercise isn’t the only way to get your happiness hormones flowing. Just focus on getting your body moving with outdoor hobbies like yoga, hiking, running, walking, exercising, dancing, or whatever you enjoy most.
- Fishing. Nothing makes you as clear as the joys of fishing. You can go alone or bring a friend, go into the water or fish from the shore. This activity can challenge your mind and help improve your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Gardening. Nothing is as fulfilling as life growing out of filth. Whether you are gardening food, flowers, or just for fun, it is satisfying to see the fruits of your labor pay off as your seedlings sprout and flourish.
- Art. Express yourself by getting artistic with your outdoor activities. Consider photography, painting, writing, or whatever drives your creative mind.
This would also make great outdoor family activities to enjoy together with loved ones.