Welcome to the second installment of my small change year. How did last week go? Did you floss? How did you feel, doing something so good for yourself? Personally, I only missed a day, which I’m pretty proud of.
Please remember, change is hard. Don’t beat yourself up over slip ups or mistakes. We are human. It happens. Just pick yourself up, tell yourself that it’s worth it, and move on. You are fabulous. You can do it. You can make the changes that will change your life.
So, on that positive note, small change #2. 🙂
That’s it. It’s that simple. Go outside.
Have lunch outside. Take the dog on a long walk. Take a book outside. Are you surrounded by snow? Have a snowball fight with your kids. Go snowshoeing. It doesn’t matter what you do, just get outside.
You may not think that being outside can make any change in your life, but really it can make a HUGE impact.
Being outdoors has actually been linked to reduced stress, and depression, faster healing time, and less need for pain medications. In 2008, the University of Michigan found that after just an hour spent outside, attention spans and memory increased 20%. Last April, the University of Kansas found that those who were “steeped” in nature for a few days increased their creativity by 50%.
Want to know more? Read Richard Louv’s “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting With Life in a Virtual Age”. Have kids? Read Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods”. A-mazing! He has really changed how I view the outdoors. It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
So friends… let’s be good to ourselves. Let’s go outside.