Have you ever come back from a nice walk outside and felt more uplifted than when you left? It seems like when the weather gets nicer and we can spend more time outdoors, we end up feeling happier and more positive. Many studies have proven that getting out in nature has a positive effect on our mental and emotional health. Carers are often faced with a lot of stress, loneliness, and other issues that seem like they are unavoidable. But what if something as simple as going outside for a little while each day could minimise those issues?
The truth is that getting out in nature can not only improve mood, but it can also reduce stress, make you feel relaxed, boost self-esteem, and even improve physical health. If you are out and about, you may also find that you are able to make new connections with people around you! When you are caring for someone, it can sometimes be difficult to get time to leave the house so it may seem like getting out into nature is impossible and out of reach. Don’t worry, it is possible! Keep reading for some ideas of how to get out into nature while still being close enough to care for your loved one!
Grow your own food or flowers.
Having a vegetable or flower garden can provide you with the perfect excuse to get outdoors! Tending to your plants will allow you to get some sun and get energized all while being responsible for the plants’ wellbeing. This responsibility is often beneficial for many people because it allows them to care for living things and be active while doing so!
Do normal activities outdoors.
Gardening is certainly not for everyone. If you’re trying to spend more time outside but are struggling to do so because of all of your caring responsibilities, try doing things that you normally would have to do outside instead! Folding laundry, eating lunch, or even reading the newspaper outside instead of in the house can allow you to get outdoors without sacrificing much of your valuable time.
Bring nature indoors.
Getting outdoors may be very difficult for you, especially if the person that you care for cannot be left alone. If this is the case for you, don’t worry! You are not alone and there are things that you can do to help bring the outside in. Simply doing things like opening windows or blinds and letting natural light into the home can give you more of an uplifted feeling without even setting foot outside. Having some indoor houseplants can also bring nature indoors and allow your wellbeing to improve.
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