Improve Your Summer With One Simple Task

“Improved attention spans, boosts in serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) and shows increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love.”

Ready for your summer goal?

Go Outside!

This all started when I realized that we are already half way through summer! Where has time gone? I don’t know about you, but nearly every summer I spend the first month dreaming about the fun things that I want to do. The next month I think about how to experience the fun things, and by the third month I start to actually do what I imagined.

Sometimes there is a summer where I never start “living up” all the fun things I planned. May it be two jobs, chaos of classes, or “not in the mood,” It happens and it’s depressing. I’ve wasted away time over and over. I’ve spent hours on my phone. I’ve thought, “The majority of social media looks more fun than anything I could create.”

This is where we realize that something is seriously wrong with that scenario. We put ourselves in situations to compare what we have to possibly fake or staged experiences.

So why am I telling you to go outside while also passionately ranting about social media? Because being outside may improve the way you are feeling about your summer. I invite you to leave social media for awhile and into an atmosphere where you can feel positive.

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    Improved Sleep

    Poor sleep is connected to poor sleep patterns. Sleep patterns are connected to the sun through our internal body clock, our circadian rhythm. If we aren’t receiving enough natural light from being blasted by artificial lights indoors, our circadian rhythm can be disrupted. https://thetrek.co/scientifically-supported-reasons-get-outside/

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    Grounding

    The practice of grounding is making contact of bare skin to natural surfaces. i.e. dirt, sand, etc. The earth has a negative charge, greater than the negative charge our body has. This causes our body to absorb the earth’s electrons. Grounding has an intense anti-inflammatory and energizing effect on your body. Although it may seem strange, it’s worth a shot. Take your shoes off! https://thetrek.co/scientifically-supported-reasons-get-outside/

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    Psychological Health

    Did you know that nature has been linked to improved attention spans (short and long term), boosts in serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) and increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love. Fascinatingly enough– urban environments do the same for fear and anxiety. https://thetrek.co/scientifically-supported-reasons-get-outside/

I hope science has convinced you to get outside and feel good! If you are having summer blues from too much artificial light, overexposure of social media posts, or not enough fresh air– it sounds like you could use a hike, the beach, or maybe just time under a tree in the shade.

Best regards,

Clarissa Mace


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