The Benefits of Getting Outdoors for your Mental Health & the Earth

Did you know April 2023 is Earth Month? In honor of it, I wanted to share some of the benefits to getting outdoors that boost your mental health, and how you can simultaneously help the planet. There are so many things you can do that are mutually beneficial, and below you can see my top three recommendations.

First, go for a walk and pick up any trash you come across. My suggestion is to find a local riverwalk path as they often have peaceful trails. Not only will you be helping to beautify the environment, but you are also getting exercise which can be extremely beneficial for your mood. Use the time for reflection and mindfulness in such a fast-past world.

Secondly, be sure to soak up the sun. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. A lack of Vitamin D can lead to depression, so it is important to get some sunlight every day. Remember it is important to use sunscreen if you are going to be outside for a long period of time. One way you can take care of the earth is by investing in reef safe sunscreen if you are going to be on the beach and swimming in the ocean. This decision can help protect our oceans.

Finally, go on a hike. Hiking a mountain can lead to a sense of accomplishment and make you feel more capable in general life tasks. If you have never hiked before, start small and work your way up to bigger hikes. You can utilize a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated while not contributing to the single use plastic issue. The accomplishment, great views, and increased heart rate will make you feel in better health overall.

In general, these are just a few ideas, but the options are truly limitless. I hope you will consider getting outside this month to help keep the earth clean and try new ways of taking care of your mental and physical health.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post. I know this one was a shorter one, but I genuinely hope this inspires you to be creative during Earth Month to help the planet and continue making your mental health a priority. Additionally, don’t forget April 22nd is Earth Day, so be sure to find a way to give back through a community project near you. Also stay tuned for next month’s blog from a guest author!

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