Mental Health & The OUtdoors
We are in strange times. With COVID-19 on the rise, people all over the world are working from home, staying indoors more often, and are suffering from mental fatigue and technology overload. The number of individuals struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation has increased in 2020 for various reasons such as loss and grief, environmental changes, work stress, and health worries; many others have had difficulty staying inside cooped up during this pandemic. Staying indoors and not getting enough outdoor activity time can quickly wreak havoc on your mental health. This is especially true if you are already an outdoorsy type; however, there are an incredible amount of activities that you can safely do outdoors during this time—and just in general—that will boost your happiness and overall mental health, while you reap other benefits as well. Whether you are an active person who already loves to hike, swim, and adventure or are someone who realizes staying inside 100% during this pandemic is just not working for you—keep on reading to learn more about the health and mental health benefits of engaging in fun activities outdoors.