This is a two-for-one Tuesday tip!
1. Psychological research is clear that being outdoors is good for us. It actually is really that simple. Getting outside, breathing the air, seeing the clouds, trees and birds can help our minds calm down and helps us put things in perspective. A walk around the block is good. A 5-mile hike at Devils Lake is also good. It doesn’t really matter what you do, just get outside and do your favorite thing to experience a sense of ‘getting away’. If you add a friend to the activity it can be all the better for your wellbeing.
2. “Give yourself” means offering your time and talents to an effort outside of and larger than your life. Studies show that giving yourself is good for your wellbeing as well as for your community. It helps us forget about our problems and it feels good to help others. There are many ways to engage in volunteering formally or informally. Tutoring, caring for animals at the humane society, cleaning a park… the list of options is long. Your community needs you.
So, to feel better this summer, get outside and give yourself. Maybe you can do both at the same time.