Addicted to the Outside

Did you know today is Superheroes Day? Ade was pretty excited when we found that out this morning. Watching a few episodes of Miraculous Ladybug and Chat Noir seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. Then we went outside to play in the dirt.

With the weather getting warmer and the sun coming out more, we’ve been spending more time outside. I marvel every time I look in the mirror because I have tan lines in April. That hasn’t happened in years. I think buying the kids sidewalk chalk is one of the best things I’ve done. Since then, the kids have taken over a dirt hole in the backyard that our dog dug. We filled it with water on Saturday and they had the best, messiest time. Our time outside has quickly become one of the highlights of our day. I don’t feel like it’s a good day if we don’t get outside at least once, and not just because the kids seem to bounce off the walls if we don’t.

I suppose you could say that I’ve become addicted to being outside. Is it any wonder, though? There are so many benefits to getting outside. Probably the most known is that you get Vitamin D. I recently read that Vitamin D is a hormone, and as one who has to deal with out-of-whack hormones on a regular basis, I know how important it is to keep them balanced. Now, I’m still researching this but whether it is a hormone or not, it’s vital enough to be listed as a necessity. Being outside is also good for our mental health. It’s been known to relieve depression and anxiety. It helps build our immune systems and helps balance our whole system, especially when you spend time barefoot.

I’m not the only one that likes to nap in the sun.

It’s always good to remember that everything that benefits us also benefits our children. Outside, imaginations are stimulated, they have the freedom to run and scream all over the place, every encounter they have with nature is a learning experience in some way. Outside, I’m not as worried about them making a mess that will need to be cleaned up, though we do make sure to pick up toys and such afterwards. They get exercise without realizing that’s what they’re doing (and so do I). And after they spend all that time outside, they get to go inside and take a bath, which thankfully both of my children love to do. I did make the hubby give them a bath Saturday after the mud hole though.

Honestly thinking about it, the only thing that would make going outside better right now is to have our pool put up, but we still have a few weeks before that happens. I’m so glad Summer is coming up. It’s always been my favorite season and this year it seems like it’ll be the best one we’ve had in years. Now if only we could get rid of the wasps. They are the one downside for me as I am terrified of them.

Is spending time outside something you do or wish you did more of? Even if you don’t have kids you can enjoy the outside. Sit on a blanket or in a chair, occupy yourself with a book, music, or nothing else but nature. No matter where you are, find time to be outside, connecting with the natural world around you. I promise you won’t regret it. Happy Tuesday!

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