How being outside can improve your mood, even in the dead of winter.
The change of the seasons brings many joyful things with it, such as picking apples, cozy clothes and cozying up by the fire. Unfortunately, for many people it also brings the “winter blues” with it. When temperatures drop and it gets dark earlier outside, there is much less time for outdoor activities. This can make many feel depressed and anxious. One of the best ways to combat this is to get outside more! As indicated in This postJust being outside a few minutes a day can help improve your mood, give you the source of vitamin D you need, and boost your immune system!
There is a Nordic concept called “Friluftsliv” that revolves around the idea of going outside, rain or shine! The northerners believe that nature’s embrace is something that should happen all year round. Some of the main components of friluftsliv are:
- Make the most of your time: Even if you have to use your lunch break to go outside, try to get some exercise into the day away from work!
- Try to exercise outside: Walking, jogging, or even yoga outdoors can be extremely beneficial.
- Be prepared: Always make sure you have enough layers to pack yourself up, and a hat and gloves won’t hurt!
- Enjoy it: Use this time as much-needed time to yourself, so that you can calm your mind and reflect on your day.
Since summer has ended and the locks have been lifted, you may not have gone outside that often. There are benefits to being in nature, both for your physical and mental health. It is very important for your general wellbeing to keep trying to get outside and keep the winter blues at bay! Seasonal depression is very serious and affects many people. As always, if you ever feel you need additional help, you can use PACS.
What do you like to do outside in winter? Let us know by emailing us at [email protected]!
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