fresh air

Are your parents always telling you to play outside when it’s not raining? Or talking about when they were young and there were no smartphones to entertain them?!

 

Well, next time, instead of insisting that you’d prefer to watch TV, play a video game or scroll on the iPad, you should head outside! 

Not only will your parents will be delighted, you’ll also feel so much better when you’re there. You might not realise it but being outdoors is fantastic for your mental wellbeing.  

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should get some fresh air every day: 

 

  • Vitamin D 

Vitamin D is produced in your skin in response to sunlight so it’s not surprising that many of us in Ireland don’t have enough of it in our bodies. 

Vitamin D is connected to your mood so when you don’t get enough of it, it can lead to depression and anxiety which is why you should get out in the fresh air at every opportunity. Just remember to wear plenty of suncream (SPF) too! 

 

  • Brain power 

Being outside provides more oxygen to your brain after being cooped up inside all day. This promotes creativity, focus and an overall sense of wellbeing.  

So, if you’re trying to do your homework and finding yourself getting distracted easily and losing concentration, go outside for 15 minutes – you’ll fly through your work when you get back inside! 

 

  • Mood 

Studies have shown a significant reduction in anger, anxiety and low mood after being outdoors. If that’s not a good reason to go for a hike, we don’t know what is! 

 

  • Better sleep 

Have you ever noticed that you have a great night’s sleep after being at the beach all day or spending a few hours in the park?  

Well, that’s because being outdoors reduces anxiety and negative emotions meaning that you go to bed happier. And when you’re feeling happier, you’re more relaxed and you sleep better. 

 

  • Exercise 

Another great reason to spend time outdoors is because it usually means you’re exercising! Whether it’s walking, running, swimming, cycling, skating, hiking or just playing with your friends, you’re moving your body, you’re away from screens and this has a great effect on your physical and mental health. 

 

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