Need some inspiration to go outside? I have a few things that might spur you in that direction. I have some statistics to throw out there, and 4 ways to help you find your inspiration to go outside that are flexible to whatever climate you live in.
Now a days easily accessed gadgets, games, and new virtual worlds are stealing our realities and those of our children. They are at our fingertips (literally) and everywhere we turn.
The outdoors can even be “experienced” through the television. Have you seen Planet Earth on BBC America? Seriously, it’s amazing. The technology available is incredible and is changing our world as we know it for the better …Right?
You probably know by now the ill effect technology now plays on our lives. We all know it, but do we try to change it? There is one very simple way to do just that…
BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS EASY!!! Good grief I have lived in two different extremes. The super hot and humid, and the ice cold.
Going outside when I lived in Cozumel was miserable during the summer months. Add on the fact that I was pregnant and it made things much worse. Sometimes inspiration is needed to help you get out in your type of climate.
Let Me Help You Find Your Inspiration To Go Outside:
- 41% of people admitted to playing online video games as an escape from the”real world”.
- The same regions of the brain that are activated when craving occur in alcohol and drug addicts are also activated in video game addicts when they see images of computer games. Say whaaa?
- Video game addiction is associated with a strong desire to seek new sensations and experiences.
- Children spend an average of 30 minutes per day playing outside, and 7 hours per day in front of a screen.
Hmmm… Where else can we go to seek new sensations and experiences? Gee, I don’t know, out the front door maybe?
Not everyone lives in a beautiful, scenic area where you can drive to the nearest river and set up a hammock. Not everyone has the money to travel around the globe and visit the isles of the sea. However, there is beauty in the earth REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE.
Notice I said “earth” and not “world”. In my experience those two words mean very different things. Humans had no influence in creating the earth, but all the influence in what I hear in the word “world”.
Here are 4 ways to enjoy the outdoors wherever you are:
1. Find What is Unique to Your Area
What is your neck of the woods known for? Corn fields, rivers, mountains, creeks, lakes, beaches, flat lands? Every area has something that makes it unique. Go find it and take your kids with you.
2. Prepare for the Elements
This is tough. When I lived in Cozumel and was dying of heat (due to the fact of being pregnant) I did not want to go outside. That, in fact, was the LAST thing I wanted to do. I wanted to sit in the house in front of a fan with ice all over my body.
What ended up happening was I became depressed and lonely from staying inside. Outside was miserable in its own sense, but I could have prepared better for it making it less miserable and more fun.
Once I started wearing a swimming suit around town with a light covering, and carrying a spray bottle, I felt a lot better. Go figure. The ocean water was still a warm bath, but it beats sitting in front of a fan.
On the other side of the coin, the cold is hard to get out and enjoy. After my time in Cozumel I have really learned to enjoy the snow, but a lot of people absolutely hate it. Prepare for the elements by:
- Dressing appropriately
- Be prepared with extra gear
- Bring snacks
The beauty snow, rain, and sun can bring is marvelous to see. There is beauty in the earth no matter where you are. Be prepared with the simple list above so you can enjoy the outdoors to the fullest.
3. Know the Benefits of Going Outside
What do you gain from going outside?
- Playing in natural settings may be widely effective in reducing the symptoms of ADHD.
- Kid’s stress level declines within minutes of simply seeing green spaces.
- Playing outside actually protects your child’s emotional development. In my experience it has also helped my own emotional development.
- Nature makes you nicer, enhances social interactions, value and respect for community, and want close relationships. I believe this to be true in my own life because I became a more social person when I started the hobbies I now have.
4. Find Your Inspiration to Go Outside
Questions to ask yourself:
- What is important to you?
- Getting outside may not be extremely prudent in your life, but is your health?
- Is your children’s brain development extremely important to you?
- Are the experiences you and your family have the most important thing to you?
- What is your purpose in going outside?