People have flocked to cities over the past one hundred years, and you can see why. That’s where most of the jobs, convenience, and people are. It’s little surprise that people traded rural life for cosmopolitan life.

However, we’re beginning to see, now, that it’s not advisable to turn your back on nature forever. Countless studies have shown that spending time in the great outdoors can do wonders for mental and physical well-being. Indeed, spending just two hours in nature each week has been shown to have a noticeably positive impact on symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The bottom? Nature is good for you. Alas, some people can go a long old time without being in a green, natural space. In this post, we’ll look at some ways you can increase the amount of time you spend in the great outdoors.

See What’s Around

You might like to spend a few days hiking in the Swiss Alps, because, well, who wouldn’t? But if you’re waiting for those once-in-a-lifetime trips before you get your fix of nature, then you’re going to be waiting a long time. The good news is that you will surely have a picturesque natural environment within driving distance of your home. You don’t have to go to far-flung destinations to get your nature fix!

Start an Outdoor Hobby

You can understand why people don’t think about going into the great outdoors. They may ask, reasonably, what exactly they’ll do once they’re there. If you’re not one of those people who can sit for hours and simply admire a view, then look at starting an outdoor hobby. Cycling, for example, is an excellent way to explore the natural world. All you’ll need is a great bike and a vertical bike rack to transport your wheels to the outdoors, and you’ll have everything you need for a fun time in nature. Hiking is another popular option, and you may also consider skiing if you live in a snowy environment.

Get Camping Gear

Studies have shown that the more time you spend in nature, the more benefits you’ll get. One way to significantly increase your nature capabilities is to invest in camping gear. If you have a tent, sleeping bag, and other essential camping supplies, you’ll have everything you need to spend multiple nights sleeping under the stars. There’s nothing quite like having an awesome camping weekend with friends and family!

Join a Club

If you don’t think you have enough inner motivation to go to nature each week, and your friends and family aren’t interested, then consider joining a club. Sites like Meetup often post group hike outings. This will give you an extra reason to get off the couch and make the effort. Plus, it’ll allow you to meet a whole range of new people — they say that it’s hard to make friends once in adulthood, but nothing will have you connected to new people quite like taking a long walk in the great outdoors in a beautiful environment.

 


Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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