Part of the rut I experienced earlier this year was that I was not being proactive about dusting off the mental cobwebs caused by sitting in front of a computer for hours each day. I would sleep in as much as I could each morning before rushing around the apartment to get my butt to work, sitting for hours at my desk, sitting in the lunchroom to eat my lunch, sitting for the rest of the day, getting in my car to head home at the end of the day only to either veg on the couch for a few hours before sitting at my desk to work on Campfire Chic stuff or heading straight from the car to my computer chair. I was mentally and physically sluggish. I found myself eating a ton of junk food and spending ridiculous amounts of time playing Ticket to Ride on my iPad with the delusion that “treating myself” to these things would justify all the screen time…
What I wasn’t doing was getting outside enough.
Now that I’m out of that rut, I stay out of it by making sure I’m spending time outside more often. Even if it’s just working on my container garden on our balcony.
Here are 5 reasons to get outside this week:
A Happiness Boost
Bonus points for getting outside if you’re being active while you are out there! Our brains react well to exercise (even a 20 minute walk does awesome things for you) — giving us a bit of a happiness boost for simply moving our bodies! Think about it: how do you feel after a day at the beach, after throwing a frisbee around in the backyard, or spending an hour at the dog park? You probably feel awesome, and if you’re like me, you think: why don’t I do this more often?? Get outside this week for a quick happiness boost.
Try this: Call a friend and set up a date this week! Plan to walk around a local park or the high school track together while you catch up.
You Deserve a Break
I’m a big fan of breaks. Long weekends…stepping away from a project for a few minutes…all sorts of breaks. I shared 3 reasons to take a break here on Campfire Chic last year and I still refer to that post when somebody emails me with questions about that gray area between being extra-productive and burning the proverbial candle at both ends. Let’s stop glorifying this idea of being busy all the time and take a break. You deserve it. Breaks also give us time to reflect and celebrate all the things we’ve accomplished. I know if I try to take a break while at home I’m going to end up marathoning an entire season of a show (I watched all of Season 2 of American Horror Story over Memorial Day weekend, yikes!) so I try to get away from home as often as possible.
Try this: Take that book you’re reading and read it in the park, in your backyard, or at an outdoor cafe. You’re doing something you want to do but also getting some fresh air while you’re doing it.
You Bought That Fancy App (and haven’t used it yet)
I downloaded the Ramblr app, Yonder app, and Zombies, Run! app and it took me forever before actually using them. Either use the apps you keep buying and downloading (or just downloading if they are free) or delete them. It’s just that simple. I guess the same could go for all the workout clothes in your closet that get used for pajamas or cleaning the house rather than actual workouts. I’m super guilty of this, too. Put on your yoga pants, fire up that geocaching app you paid $10 for, and get going.
Try this: Shuffle your apps on your phone so the one(s) you want to use this week are on your homescreen. This will be a visual reminder to use them! If you have the app icon buried in a folder, you’re less likely to remember that you have it.
It’s a great time to try something new
Why? Because there seems to be a class for everything and a coupon or deal for those classes. I just glanced at Groupon and I saw a discount on outdoor fitness classes. Living Social has a discount on registration for The Color Run and archery lessons. You already have getting outside on your mind, so be creative with it! Maybe classes aren’t your thing…if you like taking photos, go on a photo walk. If you like watching movies, find out if your town is having outdoor movie showings this summer.
Try this: If being social isn’t your thing, take your dinner outside this week! Leave your phone inside while you enjoy a meal in your backyard or on your apartment balcony.
Get a creativity boost
I already mentioned that you get a bit of a happiness boost from being active, but did you know that you may even get a creativity boost? I get my best Campfire Chic ideas when I’m outside…in fact, Campfire Chic is the result of a camping trip! Apparently this boost has something to do with improving the plasticity of your brain (I guess that’s a thing?), which is a good thing. Stepping out of your normal routine and getting some Vitamin D may just lead to your next big project.
Try this: Take a camera and a journal with you on your micro-adventure this week. The wildflowers along the sidewalk may inspire your next garden project or the changes you noticed to your hometown since you moved back may inspire your next zine.
I would love to hear additional ideas on how you can get outside this week. From micro-adventures to backyard activities, please feel free to list your ideas in the comments section below.
What reasons would you include in this list?
How can you change your routine this week to include a bit of time outdoors?