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TEAM ZOELLA NOVEMBER 4, 2019

5 Reasons To Get Outdoors This Season

Nature is a pretty spectacular phenomenon, particularly at this time of year when it really comes into its own with the celebration of colour and texture. With that in mind, we're heading outside to appreciate the landscape at its best before the winter chill sets in.

Enjoy the great outdoors in all its beauty. It’s mother nature for the win!

Whether you’re struggling with the work from home lifestyle or you’re feeling restless with the office routine, the chances are you’re not the only one staying cooped up indoors for too long. Clear your weekend schedules, climb into your cosy knits and wellies and enjoy the great outdoors in all its beauty. It’s mother nature for the win! 

Breathe in some fresh air 

Whether we realise it or not, the stresses of urban living can take their toll on our mental health. Getting outside in the fresh air forces us to become more mindful of our surroundings, our breathing and our state of mind. 

Unplug, turn off the TV, leave your phone at home and walk aimlessly in the countryside. Savour the smells, sights and sounds as you become more aware of everything around you. You won’t regret it!

Reconnect with nature

When was the last time you hunted for conkers, or played Pooh sticks in the woods with your friends? Our busy lifestyles demand more and more from us, which is why going for a peaceful stroll and coming back to nature is always a sure-fire way to slow down, anchor your mind and body and restore our mental wellbeing. One look at the benefits of the Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is enough to convince any cynics. 

It boosts productivity 

Getting outside is conducive to productivity. When work is overwhelming, it’s hard to tear yourself away from your laptops and emails, we hear you, but spending time outdoors will actually enhance concentration, alertness and creativity. 

Next time you think you don’t have time to take your lunchbreak, get outside for half an hour and avoid that afternoon slump come 3pm. Better yet, take your work outside if you can or swap your gym session for a run in the park instead. Greenery makes everything better!

You’ll sleep better

Sure, being inside is cosy and everything (hello Netflix) but the blue light emitted by devices such as our phones and tablets can seriously mess with our sleep. 

Our natural circadian rhythm is affected by exposure to direct sunlight so getting outside, even if it doesn’t appear to be particularly sunny, can help balance and synchronise your internal body clock.

Not only will you get a healthy dose of Vitamin D to help fight off the dreaded Winter fatigue, you’ll also enjoy a healthier night’s sleep. Thank you very much, nature!

It feels good!

Put simply, being outside makes you feel happier. Just like any other physical activity, walking releases mood-enhancing endorphins responsible for reducing anxiety and stress. You can head out on your own or round up the family, find a trail and make a day of it. The best things in life are free, right? 

Do you enjoy spending time outside? Let us know what your favourite outdoor activities are in the comment below!

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Anika May
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Anika May

Totally agree that it boosts productivity, the first thing I do in a slump is get outside and get some fresh air!

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Mrs Lindsey Loo
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Mrs Lindsey Loo

So very true, being outside clears the head and makes everything seem better…

Janie
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Janie

Love your new page, Zoe! Thanks for giving us so much of you! ❤️

Lauren
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Lauren

Loved this sweet message! We just got a new puppy and it’s been so nice to take him out for a walk when I get home!

Eloiseyweezy
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Eloiseyweezy

You all look so gorgeous, autumnal and snuggly! Making me want to get outside for a nice walk, to grab a yummy hot chocolate too of course 🙂

Julia
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Julia

I like gardening

Brianna
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Brianna

I love to get outside! No so happy about how cold it already is in Canada though haha
Brianna | https://briannamarielifestyle.com/

Alejandra Argüero
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Alejandra Argüero

I think sometimes what we need is just take a break from all the rush and emotion that a city or work can bring us, go to a place where silence, relaxation and a good reading or chat can give us peace and happiness, and more important, taking those moments with the people we love the most.
Great post and mind-blowing website! You give me the inspiration to create my own website.
Greetings from Mexico.

Rose
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Rose

Usually I’m really an outdoorsy person however I love the fresh air every now and then, even more so when I go for a walk with my daughter❣

Sarah
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Sarah

Yes!!! Walking in the woods is something I love to do! Especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed! It’s the best thing to help me calm down ! X

Emily
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Emily

Autumn is a great time of year to explore nature. This post has definitely inspired me to get outside more! By the way, Zoe’s green jumper in that last photo is so cute 🍂💚

Claire
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Claire

I recently dog-sitted for my mum. Even though it was a bleak weekend, being forced outside for walks really refreshed me. Even when I was sat feeling tired and energy-less, 10 minutes around the block did me wonders. I said to myself I would make it a habit, so thanks for the reminder! 🍁

Tom Swales
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Tom Swales

So so true! Gotta love getting a bit of fresh air after being stuck inside all day working and it definitely does help a better night sleep.

Ally
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Ally

I think this is especially important as winter crawl around and when it starts to get dark so early. It’s really easy to feel like you are in a cocoon inside your house and can make you feel sleepy! I feel really unmotivated to do work after college because it’s so dark and all I want is my bed! Sadly I don’t live near the seaside but I plan to have a couple of minutes walk when I can.It’s just so hard to find time for it though and to summon the energy to brave the cold! But I suppose… Read more »

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