I’m writing this during an especially sunny period in the UK.
After a long, drawn-out winter, I (like most of the population) have been craving summer rays and warmth on my face since I can remember.
After all, thanks to this year’s beast from the east, it’s been a while since we’ve seen any sun here in England.
I was trying to think about how much time I’ve actually spent outdoors since last summer. And then I was horrified to realise that (when I haven’t been travelling to the states to see my BF) it’s been like, the bare minimum.
Sure, I’m lucky to be able to work from home during the hours that I choose because I’m a small business owner, but it certainly has its downsides.
Like not going outside for long periods of time. Duh.
If I have less work on, I sometimes venture to a coffee shop when I’m at home. But, most of the time, I’m hibernating in my room due to recurrent deadlines and my obsessive need to go the extra mile even though I work for myself now.
I think I went for over a week without leaving the house once.
That’s why it’s so nice to be able to finish work early on sunny days and sit out in the garden soaking up those rays.
I think, perhaps somewhat accidentally, I’ve become a bit of a hermit of late. Mostly due to the bad weather, but also due to my inability to put my business on the back burner once or twice a week and actually live my life.
I mean, there are so many of us that don’t get outdoors as much as we used to. Remember when we were kids? We played outside with the neighbour’s children for hours on end during the summer months and school holidays. We made up games and devised dance routines and skated (somewhat poorly) up and down the streets near our houses. We made the most of the outdoors and the fresh air. We lived.
Nowadays, many of us spend most of our time holed up indoors on our laptops and smartphones. Granted, we’re not kids anymore, but what about those who are still kids? They’re opting to stay inside too.
And sure, it’s understandable when the weather is a bit shit and you’d rather spend a cosy afternoon snuggled up on your living room sofa with a cup of tea watching Netflix, but what about the rest of the time?
We need to put down our computers more, get outdoors and breathe in that fresh AF air.
Here are a few more reaons why we should get outdoors to lead a happier, healthier life.
It does wonders for your skin.
I’ve found myself becoming more pale and spotty by the moment recently. Why? Well, I ain’t getting any fresh air on my face.
Instead, my skin is having to spend all its time indoors surrounded by artificial air and it’s, slowly but surely, drying the hell out of it. Not cool.
You need those vitamin D’s.
Did I ever tell you that I’m deficient in vitamin D? Well, I’m deficient in vitamin D.
Hmm, I wonder why?
Oh, that’s right. It’s because we hardly ever see sunlight in this country. But that’s all about to end thanks to the change in season.
Hallelujah, praise the lord. Give me those much needed vitamins for my body to function better!
It improves your mental health.
Being stuck inside all day is not fun for the body nor the mind.
I, for one, find that I feel a lot better and stronger mentally after venturing outside for an appointment or a casual walk with the dog.
It clears my mind and gives me some perspective after hours of seeing the same four walls of my bedroom (slash office).
It makes you realise that life’s worth living.
I’m pretty sure that humans aren’t meant to spend days inside a house in hibernation.
We didn’t do it as cavemen, so I don’t think we’re supposed to be doing it now.
I know we all have those days where we’re busy and tired and struggling to human, but it’s important to be able to get outdoors and be amongst society every once in a while. Even if it’s only to see your best pal Denise for a quick catchup.
After all, it’s what our species is all about. We’re social beings. It’s in our DNA.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Maxi Dress – TU @ Sainsburys (similar here)
Red Satchel – New Look
Gold Sandals – Primark (similar here)
Aviator Sunglasses – Rayban
So that is why, ladies and gentleman, we all need to embrace the good ol’ outdoors more often. That is why we need to put down our laptops every once in a while. That is why we need to stick two fingers up to our houses sometimes to get some perspective.
Because going outside is living.
And we all want to lead a fulfilled, extraordinary life, do we not?