The Benefits of Being Outdoors

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The Benefits of Being Outdoors

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Many people seem to take advantage of the fact that we have a world full of beautiful unexperienced things. Not only are there beautiful things to see, but there are several benefits to just being outdoors. For instance, being outdoors boosts your energy, is good for your vision, and even boosts your immune system.

Younger children who spend more of their time outdoors, rather than on a device, are less likely to develop nearsightedness. Airborne chemicals produced by plants, which are outside, are said to increase our levels of white blood cells, helping us to fight off infection and diseases. The sunlight can also provide us with a daily dose of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium. prevents osteoporosis, and reduces inflammation. We get more than 90% of Vitamin D from casual exposure to sunlight. Natural sunlight helps mitigate pain. Several surgery patients who were exposed to high intensity sunlight had reported less stress, and marginally less pain.

The outdoors can help with SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a reoccurring condition that’s marked by symptoms of anxiety, exhaustion, and sadness. Sunlight can lessen SAD’s severity. Being outdoors can even restore focus. Studies show that walking in an environment where there is nature can restore the focus of an individual. Exposure to nature can help people shrug off societal pressures, allowing us to remember and value more important things like relationships, sharing, and community. Natural scents like roses, freshly cut grass, and pine make you feel calmer and more relaxed, so if you are a very stressed person, the outdoors could be just the place for you.

People mistake the natural world for much worse things, like a place to leave their trash, but there is so much more value to it than has been shown. All in all, there is a plentiful amount of benefits for us just to be outdoors, so why not make some use of it? Go outside, smell the flowers, walk your dog, take your younger siblings to the park, and just embrace it because little do you know, the warmth you are feeling and the scents that you are smelling can all be beneficial to you.