Get Outside Today
Hey, thank you for staying connected as we continue the Self-Care Challenge! This blog challenge is meant to help you discover the benefits behind self-care and give you some ideas and suggestions for taking better care of your emotional, physical and mental health. Today, our topic is Stop Being A Cave Person And Get Outside Today For Your Best Life.
As we are coming to the end of this challenge there are just 2 days left – and today is all about going outdoors. If you spend a lot of time in your house or your office, which most people do today living more like a cave person in a modern world, then self-care may seem like it isn’t really the break your brain and body needs. This is when it is time to soak up some vitamin D.
Benefits of Outdoor Self-Care Activities
Speaking of vitamin D, this is one of the top benefits of spending more time outside. The sun’s UV rays give you natural vitamin D, which absorbs through your skin.
This can give you more energy and a feeling of euphoria, often making you happier and less stressed out during the day. Indulge in some vitamin D by spending time outside in the sunshine as often as you can.
We suggest that you spend at least 15 - 20 minutes in the morning sun without sunscreen, sunglasses, or a big, floppy hat. This allows the sun to do what it is meant to do. Get outside in the sun to allow it to absorb into your body and get stored for your best healthy life. We do practice what we write here and get outside every morning for an hour walk, no sunscreen, no sunglasses, no big,floppy hat for our best healthy life.
Here is an article that will help you understand how important it is to get outside for your best life. https://draxe.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-benefits/
Another benefit of outdoor activities is that you get to enjoy nature. This is something you can be grateful for each day. Find fun and relaxing activities that you escape the worries and stresses of everyday life, even for just a few minutes a day.
Most outdoor activities are also free, which is a bonus for you.
Ideas for What to do Outside
Not sure how you can go outside to practice self-care? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Take your dog for a long walk – This was mentioned in a previous post, and it is worth repeating. If you have a dog you need to take out, don’t just let him out in the backyard. Take him on a long walk every day, and you not only give the pup a nice adventure but give yourself more YOU time.
Go on a hike – This is a great idea because you are getting exercise, which everyone needs for optimal health, and will release some happy endorphins as well. You can enjoy all nature has to offer on a short hike.
Spend the day at the beach – Have a day off soon? Why not head to the beach. You can either go alone and bring a book or go with family or friends and still get self-care benefits.
Walk around the building during work breaks – If you have a busy schedule, just take one break during work to walk outside around the building. This is a simple way to soak up a little more vitamin D.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s post, this is the final day of this self-care challenge.
If you can find a few minutes to yourself today to practice getting outside, you will immediately notice what an impact it makes! See you tomorrow.
We appreciate that it never seems as if there are enough hours in the day, but it is so important to make a conscious decision to practice self-care. Taking care of your mind, body and emotional needs will help you be able to live your best life.
You are your best advocate; if you are not taking care of yourself, it is easy to get burned out by all of life's demands. Taking even just 15 minutes a day for yourself to regroup and relax can have a profound impact on your well-being. Self-care begins and ends with you!
We would appreciate hearing from you. Will you accept today's challenge? Share any ideas or comments below.
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