By Jen Gendron: Health & Wellness Coach After an extremely long winter, spring has finally arrived and we can now enjoy longer days and more sunshine! If you have been finding yourself feeling down and a little out of sorts after the long, cold months, you are not alone. By this time of year, most of us are craving time outdoors whether we recognize it or not – we are naturally drawn to getting outside as our body knows it needs the fresh air and Vitamin D that we have been lacking all winter long.
In this age of technology, we are spending an increasing amount of time indoors even in the nicer months. We are stuck for long hours in front of screens and monitors and sadly, so are our kids. Studies are showing more and more that this is having a great impact not only on our physical health but also on our mental health. We are moving less and experiencing more and more stress related symptoms. So, if you are feeling down or lethargic after a long day behind the computer or stuck inside, take some time to get outside, even if just for a few minutes, you will be surprised just how good it will make you feel!
Getting outside is an inexpensive way to not only get some exercise and fresh air, but it has also been proven to reduce stress, help clear brain-fog and just boost your mood overall. After a long day at the office, take a few minutes to run around the yard outside with the kids – it will be good for all of you!
We are so fortunate in this area to have access to so much green space, not needing to go very far to get to the great outdoors! We have incredible trail systems here in town as well as lots of areas where we can get in to the woods, climb mountains or walk along the riverbanks. Challenge your family to finding a new place to explore each week – you will be surprised at all you can discover without having to travel far!
For times when you can’t always get outside, it can help you to bring a little of the outdoors inside to you! Placing green plants in your home or office can have some of the same effects as being outside, surrounding yourself with some lush, green leaves. Working with our windows open to let in fresh air can also have a great mood-boosting effect. There is nothing better after a long winter than throwing open the windows and filling our homes with fresh air after feeling so closed up all winter long.
My challenge to you this week is to find ways to get outside as often as possible, even if only for a few minutes. Take a walk with the dog, run with the kids in the park or explore a nice quiet nature trail to clear your mind and lift our spirits – you will be so glad you did!