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Nature and Wellbeing: How Spending Time Outdoors Boosts Your Mood

Not every day is a happy day. Everyone feels the blues from time to time. People have different ways of improving their mood. But those who regularly spend time outdoors are more likely to experience a greater sense of wellbeing. So the next time you feel stressed out or just need a quick break from it all consider heading out to the nearest park or any other green space near you. You might be surprised how it can change your mood for the better. Here’s how to tap into the therapeutic effects of spending time with nature.

Listen to the sounds of nature. When was the last time you took the time to listen to the natural sounds around you? Get away from the usual noise of the city by finding a quiet place where you can pick up the subtle sounds of the breeze as it pass through leaves or the buzz of bees and chirping of birds. Most relaxation music use soothing nature sounds, which you can enjoy by spending more time outdoors. You can start using nature to improve your mood by visiting a beach, lake, or river near you. Sit by the water, breathe, and release all your worries, fears, and tensions away.

Make outdoor breaks a part of your routine. Take outdoor breaks. Spend the few precious minutes of breaks from work at any available green space in your workplace. Or go for a short walk outside. Enjoy al fresco lunches or bring your lunch with you at nearby park so you have a leisurely lunch surrounded by nature. Not only will it help clear your mind. I may even spark your creativity.


Do some work outside. A change of scenery can be good for you. Sometimes all you have to do is to bring your laptop outside once in a while, especially when you start feeling overwhelmed by the pressures at work. Find a cozy spot outdoors where you can do your work while enjoying a breath of fresh air and the calming scenes that nature rarely seem to be in short supply of.

Take up an outdoor activity or sport. Nature and exercise are both great at boosting mood. Take up an outdoor activity or sport like biking, gardening, running, walking, or more. These activities should give you plenty of reason to go out and spend time with nature.

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