Stress relief comes in many forms. Some people think of stress relieving activities like a massage or a bubble bath as the ultimate cure, while others journal to clear their minds. These are all great options, but sometimes we forget that going outside and being in nature might be the best stress relief of all.
Research shows that being outside reduces anger, fear, and stress, while increasing pleasant feelings. It can also help reduce your blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the initial production of stress hormones. With all of those great benefits, it’s no wonder getting outside is a favorite activity among many people! Here are a few fun, outdoor stress relieving activities to try now.
Whether you’re into paddle boarding, kayaking, and/or biking, these activities are all great forms of stress relief. Sure, you could be cooped up in a gym staring at a wall on an elliptical for an hour, but where’s the fun in that? When the weather is nice, make a point to take your workout outside so you can enjoy nature.
Not only is regular exercise great for clearing your mind, but getting vitamin D from the sun plays a huge role in regulating your mood and your immune system … so getting your workout done outside is a win-win!
Plan a picnic.
Studies found that the average American spends 93% of their time indoors. That means you should utilize every opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, even if that means eating your lunch in the sun. Planning a picnic is a great way to get the whole family outside to spend some quality time together.
Get exposed to green spaces.
Parks and forests are both ideal places to disconnect from the world for a while and clear your head. Studies show that access to green spaces like this could promote mental health by providing a calm, restorative, and serene environment. Mark your calendar for a family hangout day in the park or plan a solo trip! You may be surprised at the revitalizing benefits.
There are plenty of ways to reduce stress levels, but there truly is nothing like getting outside. Being in nature is the best way to get refocused and re-energized, which might be exactly what you need.
Looking to find other ways to stay energized? Read our blog post here on how to stay naturally energized.