Beat those Autumn blues.
There is no denying it, summer is over, and didn’t it end quickly. I love the summer, being outside makes me so happy. Being warm, long days, light, happy smalls playing in the park.
It’s all too easy to batten down the hatches and stay inside once the nights draw in and the weather doesn’t play ball.
But what effect does this have on us?
We all know that going out for a walk in the woods or green space has a positive effect on out mental health. It makes us feel less stressed and more relaxed. This is due to lowered cortisol levels, and blood pressure. Then there’s the reduction in technostress, from being away from computers, mobile phones (dare you to leave it at home!), and the ever present Wi-Fi.
A little fact for you: There are chemicals that trees excrete to ward off bugs and rot. Did you know that these chemicals are called Phytoncides? These Phytoncides interact with us in ways that do our bodies good.
As well as giving us oxygen of course. Living in the city and breathing in fresh air is such a joy.
What are you looking at?
Changing the view is also good for our eyes, letting your gaze focus on ‘far away’ lets the most frequently used muscles in your eyes relax and uses others to help you focus.
These are just a few of the myriad of positive effects gained from getting outside for a good walk, run, or cycle, borrow a dog, take the kids out, listen to the birds, take a deep breath. Just don’t let the weather stop you!