Why You Should Be Outdoors More

by Alison Wade

John Muir said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Going outside has a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. But most people spend their time indoors, in front of screens, and rarely take the time to enjoy the outdoors. Everyone should spend more time in the outdoors.

Research says that going outdoors has many health benefits. Sunlight helps give humans their necessary Vitamin D. According to Business Insider, by getting outside you can focus more and improve the ability to fall asleep. By getting off screens and being exposed to new lighting, you can improve your vision and lower the chances on nearsightedness. Being active lowers your blood pressure and clean air strengthens your lungs. Going into the great outdoors helps lower your risk of early death and heightens your quality of living.

The mental health of any human being is very important. Mental Health struggles are a growing problem for the current generations. By going into the outdoors you can lower your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress-making hormone. Therapists and mental health counselors highly encourage spending time in nature. Nature can help with fights against depression  and anxiety. Nature can also help improve short term memory and more alert.

Being in the outdoors can help people be happier. It naturally boosts levels of serotonin in the brain—the “feel good” neurotransmitter. Studies show that people are happier during their time outside. When I go outside, the fresh air and energy of the outdoors makes me happier. Going outdoors has many benefits and people should spend more time in nature.