5 Fun Spring Outdoor Activities for Stressed Out Professionals
As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, Spring is always an amazing time of the year that feeds your soul. If you live in the cold, blustery Northeast like I do, then I’m sure you’re thrilled to wave goodbye to the drab, gray days and welcome in the sunshine and warmer temps. It’s also a nice change for employees who need to get out and bust up some serious stress levels. Here are my favorite Spring outdoor activities to bust up work-related stress.
Gardening or Planting
Even if you think you’ve got a “black thumb,” gardening is an awesome way to bust up stress. According to AARP, working outside in a garden, offers exposure to vitamin D (which increases your calcium levels and benefits your bones and immune system), decreases your risk of dementia (by as much as 36 percent, according to a study), and provides mood-boosting benefits. A study in The Netherlands, cited by CNN, suggests that gardening fights stress even better than other hobbies.
Namaste in nature. There’s nothing more refreshing than to take an outdoor yoga class. Breathe in the fresh air and rejuvenate your spirit. The Mayo Clinic states that yoga can help:
Stress reduction – A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
Improve fitness – Practicing yoga may lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength.
Management of chronic conditions – Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. It might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.
Tell stress to take a hike! Literally. Hiking is an awesome way to get in some much-needed cardio and also ease your mind. According to an article by Harvard Health, a number of small studies suggest that spending time in green space—nature preserves, woodlands, and even urban parks—may ease people's stress levels.
Take Your Dog For a Walk
Is Fido feeling the winter blues too? When the weather turns from drab to fab, get your pup out for a walk or take them on a trip to the dog park! You’ll both have a little spring in your step. Studies have shown that pets are not only great exercise buddies, but they also help reduce stress. So grab the leash and get outside with your best friend.
Enjoy A Sunset
Sunsets are one of the most beautiful occurrences in nature. Did you know that they can help you decompress and not feel so rushed as well? Research suggests that watching a sunset can help slow down your perception of time. The Huffington Post reports that according to 2012 research, participants who felt awe, felt like they had more time available and were less impatient.
What are your favorite stress-busting activities to do in the spring? I’d love to hear them – list your go-to’s in the comments!