We are already halfway through the year and most of that time has been spent indoors! As important as it is to stay at home, finding time for the outdoors is just as crucial.
By: Jason Suerte Felipe
I am sure most of us are tired of being cooped up at home. Many of us may be scared to leave the house because of COVID-19 and the riots that surfaced outside our homes. It’s easy to feel high levels of anxiety and stress during this time. And staying indoors can fuel our anxiety and insomnia and can have a detrimental affect to our health.
This past weekend, my family and I decided to escape these walls, pack our car and head to Big Bear Lake. And boy, it was well needed. Going outside is one thing, but having the opportunity to be out in nature is truly healing.
Studies have shown that spending time in nature can improve your mood and mental health. Allowing you to clear your mind and tighten your focus. According to PsychologyToday, studies have shown that “outdoor play can have a significant positive impact on children’s brain development. Unstructured outdoor play can help children develop social and problem—solving skills. As with adults, being outdoors has a positive mental health impact and reduces stress and anxiety.”
Cabin In The Woods
We stayed in this gorgeous two-story cabin. It was definitely worth the two and a half hour nauseating drive over from LA! The high elevation made it a bit difficult to climb up the flight of stairs, but getting those lungs filled with fresh air was therapeutic and cleansing.
The first night we spent stripping the cabin beds from their quarters and placing them in front of the television set like we were in summer camp. We watched movies and screeching in terror every time a massive moth landed on the tv screen!
When morning came, we set out on a gorgeous hike. There was a lot more people there than expected. Many had no masks on hand so the hike was short lived- but beautiful. It was a steep incline to get to the first tier of the mountain. As we huffed and puffed our way atop to a secluded rock, we were rewarded with a clear view of the lake and surrounding trees.
Being surrounded by four walls for these past months, you forget how beautiful our backyard is. And in these times of uncertainty, you give yourself a chance to let go and breathe.
I encourage you to go outside today. You can drive up to your nearby national park or even just going in your backyard or local park. Give yourself the opportunity to find some comfort and positively impact your mind, body and soul.
What are some things you are doing to help your mental health? Share with us in the comments!