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Benefits of Being Outside

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Did you know that one of the best gifts is right outside and doesn't cost a thing? That's right, meet Mother Nature! There are many mental and physical benefits of being outdoors, and today we're sharing some of our favorites. After all, we can't take care of our Earth if we don't first take care of ourselves. (Don't mind all the cute animal pics, we couldn't resist!) 😍

Healthy earth self love design by Waterway Advocates
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb

Breathe In, Breathe Through, Breathe Deep, Breathe Out

Taylor Swift's 2022 NYU commencement speech reminded us that we can use our breath to help when times are challenging. Her words, referenced in our headline above and on her Midnights album, serve as a helpful mantra when we are out in nature.

Cute squirrel eating nuts outside

Air pollutants are found to be much more concentrated indoors versus outside. "Get some fresh air," isn't just a saying! Getting outside can make you less likely to develop respiratory illnesses. Try to find places like large parks or open camp areas where air circulation is greatest.

Cute fawns deer outside

Improve Your Immune Support

You are less likely to contract viruses when you are outside, including the virus that causes COVID-19! Tiny non-dangerous microorganisms outside help keep your immune system in tip-top shape.


Restore Your Mind

Time spent in nature can help restore your mind. This is incredibly important in a world that is governed by bright screens and phones that never stop buzzing. Being in nature gives us a break from the hubbub of society, allowing us to access feelings of peace, happiness, and wellbeing that are sometimes too few and far between.

Cute bird chick on beach

Find Great Hobbies

During the pandemic, birdwatching and other safe outdoor activities surged in popularity. There are so many wonderful ways to take in the great outdoors, and you may find a new hobby while you're at it!

Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Being active in nature improves your circulation and makes your heart stronger. Doctors are actually prescribing nature walks these days, and heart health is just one of many reasons why.


Sleep Better

Get a little sunshine and you might just sleep better at night! According to Healthline, sunlight can impact your circadian rhythm since our internal clocks run in relation to the sun, resulting in improved sleep.


 
2022 Waterway Advocates Special Limited Edition Christmas Holiday Ornament Support Ecosystems

Fundraiser for Nature Events

Nature is a gift, and we want to give that gift to more people in our communities. Please consider purchasing a 2022 Special Edition Holiday Ornament to support our nature programs. Each ornament is $15, and we need to hit 100 orders to print. Thank you for your support!

 

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Some Heavier Reading

If you're looking for more on this topic, we encourage you to take a look at these scholarly journal articles about the impacts of nature on our health and wellbeing.