Spring has Sprung! April showers brings May Flowers and soon the flowers will bloom. With that in mind, when was the last time you really stopped and smelled the roses or appreciated the beauty around you?
As the weather gets nicer, this is an ideal opportunity to soak in the fresh air, blossoming flowers, birds chirping, sun rising, dining al fresco style, gardening, enjoying long leisure walks or even a run. It’s a time of renewal to be HAPPY, HEALTHY and have FUN!
Here are some great reasons to appreciate the natural beauty around you:
“Exposure to nature can benefit our mental health, including decreasing stress and relieving anxiety and depression, researchers say.
“When we engage with nature — whether by walking in it, tending to it, or simply gazing at it our attentional system gets to rest and restore itself,” Basu explains. (USA Today)
It will make you HAPPY and put a SMILE on your face that you can feel throughout your whole body.
You enjoy quality time with family, friends and if you are like me enjoying quality time with your pets! They are free to run, play and socialize. It’s also a wonderful way to meet and make new friends. According to the CDC and Prevention, spending quality time with your pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Trust me, being a pet owner is beneficial all around!
Improves the quality of sleep, increases our focus and concentration, improves vision by forcing our eyes to adjust to different depths and colors and helps with your creativity.
Increases energy which we all want in our multi-tasking lives and increases your vitamin D intake.
So, when you need a break from the chaotic world or your computer, open your door and windows put your sneakers on and appreciate the beauty of your natural surroundings.