Here’s Why You Should Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

Whether it’s to hike, hunt, fish or just enjoy the scenery, it is great to get outdoors as often as possible. Being able to draw lots of fresh, clean air into lungs, feel the sun and a gentle breeze on skin and soak up all the beauty that nature has to offer is good for the body and the mind. It feels good to be alive! Getting away from distractions of modern technology is good too. Even just a couple of hours away from the phones that never stop ringing and the noise of the television is relaxing and good for stripping some of the stress out of our lives.

Here’s why you should get outside and enjoy nature as often as you can:

  1. Feeling Happy

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Sometimes life makes it hard to feel happy, but one way that is guaranteed to make you smile and feel good throughout your body is to go on an outdoor adventure. It doesn’t have to be as big as an all day hike. Just a simple stroll around the local Botanical Gardens, stopping to feed the ducks or a walk along the beach can make a person feel happy. When outdoor activities are shared with friends and family happiness is almost guaranteed.

Spending time with loved ones and good friends also provides an opportunity to create lasting memories. Activities such as hiking, cycling and fishing are even better when done with others. Nature has so much to offer and yet too many people don’t make time to get out and enjoy themselves as much as they should. Happiness is a state of mind but when we are constantly living with stress, stuck inside four walls with very little outlook, it can be hard to feel any great sense of joy. It is extremely difficult to feel anything but happy when participating in outdoor activities.

Besides enjoying the physical health benefits of being outdoors, fresh air and activity is good for lifting spirits, releasing tension from tight muscles, and giving your mind a rest from all the worries of life. Studies have proven that people who live very close to a park or an area with lots of trees tend to not feel as depressed and anxious than others.

  1. Feeling Healthier

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Over recent years medical science has discovered that people are suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency. This is partly due to lack of sunlight, a natural source of Vitamin D. By getting outside for at least 10 minutes a day a person can improve their levels of Vitamin D and help lower the risk of such health issues such as diabetes, obesity, heart problems, cancer, depression and osteoporosis. Vitamin D also plays an important role in keeping bones strong and having a strong immune system.

Getting outdoors on a regular basis has many other health benefits too, as follows:

  • Better quality sleep
  • Improved brain function, better levels of concentration, better able to focus, less mental stress
  • Increased energy levels
  • Better vision
  1. Getting Free of Technology

It is almost impossible to avoid technology, whether it’s a cell phone, tablet, laptop computer or other device. Clearly these devices are useful in jobs, schools and homes but being able to ‘switch off’ from all of that technology once in awhile is very beneficial to our health and well-being. While technology is designed to make life easier being constantly tied to it can be a source of increased stress, causing more chaos than good.

Technology has also caused people to become even more sedentary than ever. Many jobs require people to sit at a computer for long hours at a time. Being able to stand up and walk out into the fresh air and sunshine, away from the incessant demand of technology provides many health benefits. An increase in activity will improve blood circulation and tone muscles, which in turn helps offset the health risks associated with sitting for long periods.

  1. Having Fun

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Spending quality time with family and friends is important to our emotional well-being, and when you combine the power of good social interactions with the benefits of being active in the outdoors it is good for everyone involved. Sharing an activity with others is a good way to maintain friendships and strengthen family bonds. It is also a great way to create memories that can be shared for many years to come.

  1. Spending Time with Pets

Dogs love to be outdoors and for the most part prefer to be running about and playing outside than cooped up inside the house. Playing with a dog is very relaxing and enjoyable for both animal and human. The health benefits of spending time with pets are improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as lower blood pressure.

Advice for Dealing with Trolls

Let’s face it, some people are just mean, some are just outright cruel. Some of those same people, also known as trolls, like to spread their hatred, by destroying the reputations of people and products. They’ve found a new place to spread their special brand of hate; the internet.

Internet trolls have no boundaries; no one is safe from their antics. Trolls start fights with whoever will fall victim to them. They even torment people with illnesses, and people struggling with a loss. Forums are their favorite places, this is where they interrupt the conversation by ridiculing others and throwing mean off-topic comments into the conversation.

Every minute of the day a troll is making someone miserable. These trolls can be anyone, of any age or gender. From teens to seniors, trolls are able to have anonymity to hide their true identities while showing the ugliness in their hearts. They take cyber bullying to a new level are usually tech savvy.

Chances are if you’ve spent any time online, you’ve encountered a troll. There is always a reasonable person trying to make them see the error in their ways. Don’t be that person; it’s a waste of time and will get you nowhere and will only fuel their fire. Without an audience and public platform, trolls have no outlet. Unfortunately, this means you can find trolls in the following place; news sites, blogs, games, social networks, forums…you get the picture. They thrive on kids and teens because they are particularly vulnerable.

Trolls are everywhere online and you might very well be a target to one, at one point or another. Once you are online you have no control over this. You can decide whether you will be a victim or not. A troll’s objective is to humiliate and demean their target. You have the choice to take it personally or recognize that you have options moving forward. Depending on the platform there are several ways to shut a troll down without taking any emotional abuse.

When dealing with trolls on a public site, remember that the other participants can see the troll’s attacks. Call them out on their behavior, don’t ignore them because this gives them the power to silence you. When you call out their behavior be sure not to stoop to their level, instead try something along the lines of “Hey guys, looks like we have a troll on our hands. Let’s not let them derail our meaningful discussion with their unproductive comments.”

Another reason for calling out trolls is that there are always more where they came from. Calling them out early, let’s the others know that their hateful and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in your space. You can also alert the sites moderator or use the “report abuse” button, which can usually be found directly on the discussion page. Discuss the abuse with people offline who love and support you, and can reassure you that these comments are just a bully being a bully.