Even in our usual eight-hour office schedule, we are given breaks. Getting a break from something is almost always necessary – even when it comes to living in the city.
Living in the city can be fast, busy, and stressful; being in touch with nature from time to time can give us the much-needed break from the strains of city life.
Having regular outdoor trips to rural areas can actually have a number of benefits – physical, emotional, mental, social, and for some, even spiritual benefits.
Outdoor trips sometimes involve trekking or a significant amount of walking or climbing hills – which can be great exercises for anyone. Walking or climbing can strengthen the muscles as well as the heart. Additionally, when you go on an outdoor trip, you can get a dose of healthy vitamin D which is good for the skin as well as bones.
Mental and Emotional Benefits
Breathing in nature in its purest form can be an excellent form of therapy. Taking in the greenery can help balance and improve the mental and emotional state.
A study conducted in the University of Michigan found out that being exposed in nature can help boost an individual’s memory.
Another study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information has revealed that something as simple as a walk in nature can improve a person’s mood and can help alleviate depression. This is just another proof that exposure to the tranquility of nature can aid in releasing stress and anxiety.
Going on outdoor trips often gives opportunities for individuals to communicate and interact face-to-face. Physical social interaction and connection can sometimes be better than digital communication over social media.
Outdoor trips such as family camping can even strengthen bonds among family members. Not only would you get to talk to your children more during nature trips, you also get to work with them – in setting up your camping tent, or starting a campfire.