As the sun starts to peek out behind the clouds, it’s important to head outdoors as much as possible. Spending too much time inside can make you feel absolutely stir crazy. Heading outdoors for at least an hour a day can lift your mood, ease anxiety and give you a reason to get moving. Soaking in sunlight will increase your vitamin D levels, which also helps regulate your mood and keeps depression at bay.
Many outdoor activities double as a workout to get your heart pumping. You can walk, run, ride bikes, climb or jump rope on your outdoor excursion. Just thirty minutes to an hour of exercise a few times a week will quickly improve your outlook by staving off depression and keeping your health in check.
Gain the most benefits from going outdoors by spending time in nature. Go to the park, walk on the trails or sit by a lake to naturally boost your spirits. The ability to escape into natural retreats is proven to reduce anxiety and depression. If you cannot make your way to a natural space, bring wildlife to you by putting up bird and squirrel feeders throughout your yard.