Although spending time outdoors is beneficial in many ways and for many reasons, not everyone is naturally “outdoorsy.” Some people are more comfortable spending time inside.
If you’re looking to embrace a more outdoorsy lifestyle, the following tips can help you get started.
Find Outdoor Activities in Your Area
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that people who enjoy spending time in nature are generally content to do nothing once they’re outside. Although merely spending time in nature is enough to boost your mental health, it can also be boring. More often than not, you’ll find that outdoorsy types enjoy participating in specific activities in nature.
To find activities that appeal to you, start by looking into opportunities in your local parks. Options may include hiking, boating, biking, rock climbing, and a range of other outdoor adventures. Try a few until you find one (or more!) you genuinely enjoy. It’s much easier to spend time outdoors when you can have fun.
Brings Friends & Family Along
There are many reasons some people aren’t comfortable spending time out in nature. Solitude is often one of them. While some people enjoy being away from others every now and then, others start to become anxious when they feel cut off from civilization.
Don’t worry if that sounds like you. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with inviting friends or family members to join you on outdoor excursions. On the contrary, spending time with loved ones (without distractions getting in the way) is a smart way to develop the kinds of emotional and social connections that promote mental health.
Find Out What Gear You Need
Outdoor activities can be unpleasant if you don’t wear the right clothes or gear. For instance, someone who thinks they dislike hiking may simply have had a bad experience on their first hike because they didn’t bring along the proper footwear. They would have been uncomfortable, and could understandably assume that hiking doesn’t appeal to them in general.
That’s why you need to do your research when choosing an outdoor activity. Find out what clothes and related items you need to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.
Additionally, if you’re not used to spending long periods of time out in nature, remember to protect yourself with sunblock. This is important even on cloudy days. Despite what many people assume, the sun’s UV rays are strong enough to penetrate cloud cover.
Most importantly, don’t expect your attitude towards nature to change overnight. You may need to start small. For instance, during your lunch break at work, perhaps you can eat at a local park instead of your desk. By taking gradual steps and being patient, you can eventually reach a point where you truly enjoy the outdoorsy lifestyle.