We all know how fun it can be to curl up on the couch and enjoy all the relaxation and comfort that our homes can bring. But there’s a lot to be said for getting yourself up off the couch and exploring the great outdoors. Nature, after all, can bring so many benefits to our lives. Did you know, for example, that spending just two hours in nature each week (either all at once or split into different trips) can severely reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression? Nature is great for your physical wellbeing, too.
So if it offers so many benefits, why aren’t more people spending their time outdoors? It could be because it’s slightly more challenging than watching a movie on Netflix! In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few ways to make it more straightforward for you to visit nature.
If you’re looking at far-flung destinations for your nature visits, then sure, you’re probably not going to spend all that time outside. The world’s most beautiful landscapes would be great to visit, but you won’t be going every weekend! So instead, take a look at what’s nearby to where you live. You might just be surprised at what you find. Indeed, there could be some secret gems that are within easy driving distance of your house.
Find a Hiking Gang
You do need to have a bit of a drive to make plans to go into nature. And in truth, while you might be happy to take the lead on this sometimes, it’ll be better if you’re sharing the responsibility for organising and motivating yourself. If you have a group of friends who also love hiking, then look at setting up a group. That way, you’ll be able to feed off other people’s motivation. That can be the difference between taking a trip into the outdoors and not!
Nights Under The Stars
If you’re looking to maximise the amount of time you spend outdoors during your trips, then look at investing in camping equipment and supplies. There are really not too many things better than spending a night under the stars! If you can’t see yourself sleeping on the floor in a tent, then don’t worry — there are other options available. Take a look at hybrid campers, which offer a level of comfort that’s way beyond what you would experience in a tent. Once you’ve got the equipment, you’ll be able to set forth on an adventure whenever you feel like it.
Of course, you don’t necessarily need to take a big trip every time you want to get outside. It’s a good idea to try to build in some outdoor time into your everyday routine. For example, is there a park somewhere near to where you work? Is there a nice place to walk close to your home that you could visit at the end of the day? Take a look at what’s available, and make it a priority to visit.