It’s so important to step outside.
You’ll feel better. Time after time, studies have shown how being outside decreases levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone. Your heart rate will also go down, along with levels of inflammation. And, while it may seem counter-intuitive, taking a walk will actually increase your energy levels. The next time you’re tempted to indulge in an afternoon nap, try taking a walk instead and gauge its effect.
In addition to these physical perks, you’ll also gain some mental benefits. Time in nature often eases common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Taking a break from the nonstop deluge of information and letting our minds wander can have surprising value.
So, go ahead: lace up some comfy shoes and head outside. We invest so much in looking our best; let’s remember also to devote time to feeling our best.