The Impact of Nature on Your Mental Health

Summer is upon us, and that means hot weather perfect for spending time outdoors. We spend so much time staring at our screens, whether it’s looking at the news, social media, emails, or work, it’s so important to step away from your screen and spend some time outside.

 Spending time outside has many positive effects including:

  • Better mood
  • Lower stress
  • Improved attention
  • Reduced psychiatric disorders
  • Increased empathy

We spend all day building up stress, whether you’re in an office or at the head of the classroom, work-life is stressful for most adults. However, how you choose to recover from your workday makes the most difference in the world.

Summer is one of the best seasons for getting outside after work, or even before work if you so choose. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the air is warm, and the trees look especially green. 

We can get lost in our virtual worlds, there is always so much going on all the time, that it can be hard to look away. Spending time away from your screen and outdoors can help you feel more grounded and connected to the physical world around you.

It’s a great time to give up some of your free time to socialize with friends or family, sit outside and catch up or hit the pool to cool off. Summer is what everyone seems to be waiting all year for.

Urban trees and parks aren’t quite as effective as remote places, but if you don’t have the time or resources to spend any time in nature, a little bit of time where you can is better than no time at all.

If you’re a teacher and still in school, it could be very beneficial to have a little class time outside when you can- as you well know, the kids are anxious to be done with school and love spending time outside.

The sun is a great source of vitamin D, but you will enjoy your summer a lot more and continue to absorb vitamin D with sunscreen on. No one likes the feeling of being burned, and it very well could lead to skin cancer down the road.

We here at Rock Digi wish all a great summer, and while you are doing your summer planning and daydreaming about the outdoors- we hope you keep us in mind.

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