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Day 4: Get some fresh air


Spending time outside is a great way to take some time out and escape the stress of everyday life. Did you know that fresh air and sunlight have huge benefits - when you are exposed to natural sunlight, the vitamin D on your skin will help to elevate your mood.

Research has shown that spending time in outdoors has been linked to reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, in addition to increased self-esteem. And of course if you take yourself off for a walk, you are also helping your physical health too by keeping fit.

REASONS TO GET SOME FRESH AIR:

  • YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS RISE.Sunlight hitting the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Studies suggest that this vitamin helps fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks.
  • YOU’LL GET MORE EXERCISE.If you make getting outside a goal, that should mean less time in front of the television and computer and more time walking and doing other things that put the body in motion.
  • YOU’LL BE HAPPIER.Light tends to elevate people’s mood, and there’s usually more light available outside than in. Physical activity has been shown to help people relax and cheer up, so if being outside replaces inactive pursuits with active ones, it might also mean more smiles.
  • YOUR CONCENTRATION WILL IMPROVE.If you are having trouble concentrating, take a break and get some fresh air – this may well help you concentrate better.

So go on, positively decide that today is the day to get some fresh air – even ten minutes can make a big difference.