Week 3: Get Outside
With the summer months in full force, it’s time to put your feet in the grass—no seriously. For over a year, most of us have been cooped up inside, with no connection to the outdoors. But now, the sun is shining, things are slowly re-opening and we have the freedom to explore the outdoors. To take a direct approach, this article highlights many forms of grounding, which can help center your body and help you align with nature. It includes laying in the grass, swimming and (you guessed it) walking around barefoot—as hippy-dippy as it sounds, things like this can keep up connected with your surroundings.
In the summer, the importance of being outside is at an all-time high. In this article, it’s mentioned that going to parks and being outdoors can lead to improving health conditions and increase your immunity. It’s also known to relieve stress and anxiety, which most of us have experienced at some point during the pandemic. Being outside doesn’t have to mean going on a hike or going to the beach (but it can). Simply being in a “green space” can impact how you feel mentally and physically, even if you’re hanging out in your backyard for an hour. Finding the time to get outside and breathe in the fresh air is a great way to boost your serotonin. If you’re able to, round up a small group of friends and sit outside in the sunshine. But please, wear sunscreen.