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April 22, 2019

Benefits of spending time in nature (earth day)

Breathe in and out and relax! Spring is here and there’s nothing better for your well-being than to enjoy the nice weather and the outdoors. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical health and it has been scientifically proven, even more so if you are exercising.

Researchers have, in fact, reported that children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors. If you incorporate a bit of outdoor activities in your routine every day, you’ll be giving yourself and kids the gift of “health”.

Here are five potential benefits of spending more time in nature:

More sun = increasing levels of vitamin D

Just 15 or 20 minutes of exposure to sunlight everyday can help your body create the vitamin D that it needs to promote vitamin absorption, strengthen bones and it may even help to prevent specific types of cancer.

You will get more active

Less time on the couch, videogame console or in front of the computer means you’ll be moving more and that should be your goal, to exercise more. Give your kids the example each day, just 20 to 30 minutes is better than zero. Researchers at the University of Essex in England are advancing the notion that exercising in the presence of nature has added benefit, particularly for mental health.

Your concentration will improve.

Children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors. It might be a stretch to say that applies to adults, but if you have trouble concentrating, outdoor activity may help. Going outside can have some impactful results on your brainpower.

Your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure will be lowered.

People who spent more time in the forests had lower blood pressure, lower cortisol levels, lower pulse and decreases incidence of diabetes than people who spent more time indoors or in the city areas. Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett from the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia reported a study that indeed supports this claim.

As you relax, you may heal faster

Patients in recovery who were exposed to natural light and a view of trees experienced less pain, stress and took fewer pain medications than those with no exposure to nature. Plus, it has been proven that light tends to elevate people's mood.

Spending time outdoors can be a lot of fun and a great time to reconnect as a family with your kids, after school or during the weekends. Don’t assume it only involves hiking, trekking or camping, which is what most people associate with the “outdoors”. There are so many things you can do with little to no money at all. Here are some ideas of activities that you can enjoy with your family while “cashing” the benefits of being outdoors.

  • Read outside for a change – Pick a bench, throw a blanket or spot a tree
  • Fly a kite – Be sure to do it far from any power cables or trees
  • Blow bubbles
  • Go picking wild flowers – they can look great at your desk or dinner table
  • Take your kids to the playground every day before dinner
  • Ride the bikes after school
  • Practice bird watching – It’s educational and relaxing
  • Color Easter eggs  - for less mess do it outside
  • Look for things during your hiking or walking, things like pinecones, sticks, shells, and rocks. Make a mobile or see who can find the most interesting item
  • Paint rocks – You can even make a whole alphabet of rocks and educate at the same time
  • It’s raining? Shower in the rain, why not?
  • Make them build paper airplanes and see who can make it fly the farthest!
  • Set up a canvas in the backyard and let your little ones make you’re a masterpiece
  • Host a scavenger hunt. Look for things like pinecones, acorns, and other common outdoor items they can find. Who can find the most things?

During the weekend

  • Make a Picnic – Have lunch in the park!
  • Plan a Hike or trail walk – Be sure to take a water bottle with you. Set a timer to see how far you can walk in five minutes, 10, 20, or 30 Remember that unless you are going around in a circle, you need to come back
  • Go canoeing or kayaking
  • Go "fishing." Set up a wading pool with objects and let your little one try to catch them.
  • Have a water balloon fight! It’s fun filling up the balloon and then throwing them out

It’s allergy season and we don’t want it to hold you down. Plant pollen is around, you’re breathing it right now even if you can’t see it. Sometimes it can make us, and our little ones feel sick with itchiness, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. That happens when the histamine in your body attacks the pollen and you might have to give it a push to get faster relief. Whether it’s a meltable tablet or a berry-flavored liquid, Children’s Allegra relieves your little ones of their worst allergy symptoms so they can get back to the playground. Of course there’s a relief for you as well and it may come with a discount on your next purchase, check out here to find out.

If your kid gets an allergy consider to:

  • Use plastic covers on pillows and mattresses to help repel dust
  • Wash bedding in hot water every 7 to 14 days
  • Remove stuffed animals from kids’ beds
  • Keep air ducts clean to reduce dust
  • Enjoy time in nature!

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