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Nature’s benefits: why you should go outside more

Cooped up indoors all the time? Feeling frustrated trying to balance your studies and mental health? We get it- school can be tough. You’ve probably heard people joke about needing to touch grass, but its true – spending time outdoors is a simple and enjoyable way to enhance your wellbeing and boost your academic performance.

We’ve gathered some amazing benefits of being in nature and how it can positively impact your life. With these insights, you might even be inspired to step outside and experience the wonders of nature for yourself.

Stress relief

One of the biggest benefits of spending time in nature is its ability to reduce stress. Studies have shown that being in natural environments lowers levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress.

Whether it’s a walk in the park, a hike in the woods, or just sitting under a tree, nature has a soothing effect that helps you relax and unwind. Why not grab a book and go sit outside for a quick study break – even if it’s just for 10 minutes, you’ll probably find yourself feeling calmer in no-time.

Improved concentration

Feeling distracted while studying? Nature can help with that too.

Research indicates that spending time outdoors can improve your concentration and focus. The fresh air and natural surroundings can rejuvenate your mind, making it easier to tackle your schoolwork when you return.

Try studying outside or taking short nature breaks to boost your productivity.

Enhanced creativity

If you’re in a bit of a creative slump, you might like to try taking yourself outside for a bit. Nature has a way of sparking creativity – the sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors can stimulate your senses and provide a fresh perspective.

Whether you’re brainstorming ideas or working on a creative assignment, spending time in nature can help you think outside the box.

Physical health benefits

Not only is spending time outdoors great for your mental health, but it also benefits your physical health. Outdoor activities like walking, hiking, and cycling can help you stay active and fit, which is incredibly important for your wellbeing.

Plus, exposure to sunlight increases your Vitamin D levels, which is essential for bone health and immune function. So, next time you need a break from studying, consider going for a run or a bike ride. Or even better – combine the two.

Social connection

Nature provides a perfect setting for social interaction. Whether you’re playing sports, having a picnic, or simply hanging out with friends, being outdoors can strengthen your relationships. Social connections are crucial for your mental wellbeing and can make your high school experience more enjoyable.

Why not plan a picnic for the next fine day? Just lying in the sun with your friends can often spark joy in a healthy, fun way.

How to spend more time outdoors

Ready to reap the benefits of nature? Here are some easy ways to incorporate more outdoor time into your routine:

  • Study outside: Take your books or laptop to a park or your backyard.
  • Outdoor workouts: Swap the gym for a run in the park or a yoga session on the grass.
  • Nature walks: Take short walks during study breaks to refresh your mind.
  • Join outdoor clubs: Participate in school clubs that involve outdoor activities, like hiking or gardening.
  • Weekend adventures: Plan weekend trips to explore nature trails, beaches, or mountains with family or friends.

With these easy ideas on how to get more nature into your day, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the great outdoors has a positive impact on your wellbeing.

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