5. Spending more time outdoors can help improve positivity
It’s proven that spending too much time indoors can be bad for us, and venturing outside can offer many major health benefits. Sunlight releases a chemical called nitric oxide into the bloodstream. This helps to combat high blood pressure which also helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Being in touch with nature can help to improve mood and reduce the effects of stress. Research conducted by Nathaniel Mead showed the complete benefits of sunlight on the human body. Our body produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, a much higher amount than you can get from eating foods. A deficiency in vitamin D is associated with mental health as well as many physical illnesses. For these benefits it only takes around 15 minutes in direct sunlight.
What to do: At lunchtime or in the morning, take time out and go for a 15-30 minute walk, in nature if possible. The benefits from the sun will give your body a boost and improve your mood. Take the dog, if you have one.