It's spring! In the Pacific NW, we get early tulips and daffodils popping through, and cherry tree blossoms. People start mowing their lawns. It's warm enough to be out in a light jacket, and the birds start going to town on their annual songs.
Of course, here in the "upper left," we also are the epitome of "April showers bring May flowers." You never know when you'll get caught in a downpour. So, adventuring requires close monitoring of the weather app, and making sure your jacket has a hood (umbrellas are for wimps!).
Still...nature calls to the heart of man, woman and child. It's time to breathe in the great outdoors.
Today’s self-care tip is to remind you to GET OUTSIDE.
I live in Portland, Oregon (well, Beaverton, a suburb) and due to it raining nearly EVERY SINGLE DAY (ok, not every day, but a lot!) this advice is personally difficult to follow.
But as this article reminds us, there are several research-backed reasons to get your ass outside. Among them:
…and even lower overall risk of death. (Death!)
But seriously, do you actually need RESEARCH to tell you what you already know? Being outside is FUN. Isn’t that a good enough reason?
For example, last summer we bought bikes. Nearly every weekend we’d ride our bikes along the Fanno Creek trail here in Beaverton.
Was it good for my health? Yes. Is that why I did it? No.
Being on a bike reminds me of my childhood where I rode my bike everywhere and it’s just plain fun to recapture that as an adult.
Whether it’s research that gets you outdoors or the fact that it’s fun, just get out there.
Spring has sprung, get yourself outside!
“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
How can I talk about getting outdoors without talking about Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau?
Published in 1854, Walden details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond. In the book, Thoreau compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.
A great read, I highly recommend it.
A huge part of self-care is getting outdoors. We won’t be able to continue to enjoy the outdoors unless things change.
From their website:
“The Nature Conservancy is tackling some of the toughest problems facing people and nature today, replicating good ideas to save many places and improve people’s lives. We are grounded by local experience and leverage our science, real-world solutions and partnerships to influence global decision-making.”
This organization is helping conserve the natural world. To learn more, donate, or get involved, click the button below.
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