The Great Outdoors is known as one of the best stress relievers out there, with camping seen as one of the most relaxing getaways to boot. The health benefits of nature are forgotten in particular by those who either live in urban conurbations or work in the same indoor surroundings every day; so this Stress Awareness Month, forget about your work emails, pack your walking boots and enjoy a relaxing break in Mother Nature’s garden!
Running outdoors can provide a huge boost to your levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter which helps regulate our moods. Studies have found that regular outdoor runners felt less stressed than those in a busy gym on a treadmill, mostly due to natural surroundings.
A brisk walk is known to boost your endorphins, which in turn can alleviate symptoms of stress hormones. Regular exercise such as walking can also improve your mood – and what better way to do that than with man’s best friend!
While it would be great to leave the office behind, any work you may have to do while away isn’t the end of the world – simply move it outdoors! A change of scenery can stimulate a wealth of creative ideas as opposed to sitting inside. Taking in the fresh air will make you feel a lot better for it, too.
Laying under the stars on a clear evening is one of the most relaxing things anyone can do. Relieving stress is heavily linked to relaxation and a wide, open space is perfect for a spot of astronomy. Pack a blanket and kick back watching the sky at night.
Meditation is the practice of training the mind to induce consciousness in thought through openness and acceptance. Meditating is found to be effective in treating stress and there’s no better place to meditate than outdoors; find a nice, quiet spot with the only soundtrack being the birds chirping to their heart’s content.
Not only is it amazing exercise, riding a bike lets you see your new found surroundings in a whole new light. Studies have shown that a simple glimpse at plants can invigorate the brain, so try a 30 minute bike ride around a park or forest and take in the greenery - you’ll feel a lot better for it!
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