Light has a huge influence on your circadian system (that thing that helps set sleep patterns and hormone levels!) Unfortunately you only get a fraction of the light you need while indoors. This can result in stress build up and trouble sleeping when night rolls around. We recommend that you spend 10+ minutes within the first half of your day outdoors in natural light.
Added benefits of spending time outdoors:
- Research has shown that the color green makes exercise feel easier. Don't take your local greenbelts for granted! (Ref: University of Essex)
- Spending time outside can enhance your creative thinking (Ref: Journal of Experimental Psychology)
- It's true, the scent of rain, jasmine, rose and other botanicals have been shown to reduce anxiety.
Choose your approach.
Go Outside: Anywhere that is safe (...and where you can comfortably spend a few minutes.) This would include a hike, a tropical vacation, front porch, or park.
Raincheck: Disruptive weather? Experience the power of visualization by creating a mood board or Pinterest page filled with gardens and natural parks. BONUS: diffuse your favorite essential oils. You'll experience the olfactory sensation and aromatherapeutic benefits from the comfort of your home.
Insta Tag a photo of a dream destination of yours with @sunyata.io for a chance to win essential oils!
Note: Stay hydrated while spending time outdoors.