Any time of year is an opportunity for connecting with nature. Many people fall in love with the special seasonal benefits of fall and winter.
As days shorten, some experience seasonal affective disorder. Even if you don’t have SAD, it’s common to have less energy from September to March. Many creatures hibernate in the colder seasons. Maybe it’s a time for you to slow down too?
Try changing your mindset about cooler seasons. Appreciate fall and winter in your thoughts and your speech. Consciously focus on the positive benefits. Embrace cosy indoor activities like cooking, reading and art or intimate time with friends and family. Focus on making your indoor space comfortable and special. You may find yourself feeling more motivated to get outside.
Exposure to nature provides a range of benefits. These include less stress, improved attention, boosted mood and reduced risk of psychiatric disorders.
Get some sun — even when it’s cold
Commit to get five to 15 minutes of sun time each day to reap the positive health and wellbeing benefits.
Remember: be sun smart year-round, even when it’s not warm outside.
- Is a powerful source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is vital for maintaining healthy bones, supporting the immune system and regulating mood.
- Can help release serotonin. The hormone contributes to feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It can also be an effective SAD treatment.
- Helps regulate your circadian rhythm (body clock). This makes for better daytimes and aids in sleep.
Craving more time outdoors this fall and winter but don’t know where to start? Find inspiration in these connecting with nature tips!
Winter activities that are affordable and eco-friendly
Many affordable activities can help you reconnect and recharge with nature. Maximize your winter fun while minimizing your eco-footprint!
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