10 Excuses to Go Outside This Spring
It’s easy to get in the habit of spending all day indoors when you need three layers of clothing just to check your mail. With the freezing temperatures of winter gone and the scorching temperatures of summer still a couple of months away, the weather is finally mild enough to spend some time outdoors. Need a reason? We’ve put together a list of 10 excuses for why you should go outdoors this spring.
Nature is Beautiful
Nature’s colors are most vibrant in spring. The grass is turning green, bright yellow daffodils are popping up and Jane magnolia trees are blossoming. It’s as if everything is coming alive around you.
Time spent outdoors can lower stress levels whereas being inside all winter can have a negative impact on your overall health and mood. Those who spend more time outdoors have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Simply going for a walk in the warm spring air can help clear your head.
Spring is full of wonderful scents. The earthy smell after a rain shower, the smell of freshly mowed grass and the light fragrance of tulips blooming are just a few scents filling the air. These smells are sure to make any walk more enjoyable.
The mild spring weather is perfect for outdoor activities. The bitter cold is now gone and the heat is still a couple of months away. Whether you decide to take a hike or fly a kite, the temperature is usually always perfect.
Sunlight provides our bodies with Vitamin D, which helps to improve our mood and mental health. It’s difficult to get outdoors in winter when there is no sun. Spring is the perfect time to replenish our bodies with Vitamin D, and spending just 15 minutes in the sunlight will help to improve the winter blues and boost energy levels.
Catch a Glimpse of Wildlife
Flowers aren’t the only thing coming alive in spring! After being tucked away from the cold all winter long, wildlife comes alive in the spring. There’s nothing better than sitting outside in the morning listening to the birds chirping or seeing animals on an afternoon hike.
Having trouble finding creative inspiration or trying to solve a complex problem? Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can help your creativity. Going for a walk can help shift your perspective, get your blood flowing and your creative juices flowing.
Plants convert carbon monoxide into oxygen, which makes the air around us cleaner and fresher. The air indoors is often times more polluted and can lead to a variety of health problems including asthma. Getting outside and enjoying the clean, fresh spring air is much needed after being inside all winter.
Daylight Savings Time
The sun no longer sets at 4:30 p.m. in spring thanks to daylight savings time. This means extra hours of outdoor activities with friends and family. Use the extra time to take an evening walk or cook on the grill.
Spring nights are just cool enough to sit around a bonfire with a cozy blanket. The warmth of the fire is perfect for bringing everyone together after a spring day spent outside. Grab some marshmallows to make some smores and you’ve got a perfect spring night.