There's something so refreshing about spending time outside. It's also the cheapest form of therapy you'll ever find, also known as "ecotherapy". Studies have also shown that spending time in nature has all sorts of benefits linked to improved mental health, such as less anxiety, fewer depression symptoms, lowering stress levels, and improved focus.
I once came across this quote from an unknown author: "Whatever your mood, you always feel calm and nice near nature." Honestly, it has always resonated with me, and it's what I try to keep in the back of my mind when life gets busy and stressful.
My two dogs definitely help me get outside more often. They need their daily walks and I use that time as a way to decompress from a long day at work. I'd be lying if I said I enjoy getting out in the pouring rain and cold days, but the four-leggeds don't give me much of a choice. Thankfully there's a forest next door to my place that provides us with a little bit of shelter on those dreary days. Weekends certainly give me more time to play in the outdoors, but even those two days get busy and are over in the blink of an eye.
Now that winter solstice has come and gone, I'm looking forward to the days getting longer and Spring is not that far down the road. Until then, I will continue to be the Happy Warrior I am and make the most of what Mother Nature has blessed us with. Hey, at least we don't have hurricanes or alligators!
Tips for getting outside
Most importantly, make it fun and don't complicate things. Start small and work your way up to longer adventures outside. Nature is your playground!
This is me
Just a simple gal living on the West Coast of Canada, sharing her love and passion for food and fitness... and her puppy dogs.