Health Benefits Provided By Outdoor Living Spaces

Gives Your Immune System A Boost

Outdoor fresh air is loaded with phytoncides – which are airborne chemicals that plants produce in order to protect themselves from insects. The Department of Environmental Conservation reports that breathing these phytoncides in causes the human body to increase its NK white blood cell production that kills tumour-infected and virally-infect cells in the body.

Tip: High phytoncide levels are produced by pine, cedar, and oak trees. Incorporate these trees into your landscaping as long as your allergies allow for it.

Increases Levels Of Vitamin D

Between commutes, work, and the 7 to 9 hours of recommended sleep, it can be difficult to find time to spend in the sun. Unfortunately, that means many people miss out on this free vitamin D source. Fortunately, just 15 minutes of sun per day can increase levels of vitamin D and help make you feel bee while spending long hours inside. If you are interested in having an outdoor living space to suit you, you should have a look at Outashade.

Tip: Any time you are exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time be sure that you wear sunscreen.

Reduces Inflammation

Along with the benefits that vitamin D provides for treating inflammation, spending time outdoors is an excellent way to practice “grounding” or “earthing.” The science that backs earthing says that making a connection with the earth provides negative electrons to the body and neutralizes harmful free radicals that are associated with chronic inflammation.

Tip: Take your shoes off and hand-water your lawn to wake up. Walking in wet grass is a completely free way that earthing can be practiced.

Prevents Near sightedness

It has been found that when children spend more time outside it has been linked with a reduction in the development of nearsightedness or myopia. When adults reduce screen time and been more time outside it has been shown that it reduces headaches, stress, and eye strain that computer vision syndrome is associated with.

Tip: Put up a bird feeder in your backyard and watch the birds.

Improves Your Mood

It has been proven by science that it pays to stop what you are doing and smell the flowers. There is a practice in Japan called shinrin-yoku, which means “forest bathing.” It refers to using all of your senses to connect with nature. A study conducted in 2019 of working-age individuals without and with depressive tendencies discovered that “forest bathing provides significant mental health effects, particularly for people who have depressive tendencies.

Tip: Have a two-hour block of time scheduled to slow down, unplug, and enjoy the touch, tastes, smells, sounds, and sights in your very own backyard.

Strengthen Your Relationships

We all know that the key to having a successful relationship is communication. Fortunately, it is possible for relationships to benefit from simple things like spending tie around your fire pit or on your patio. Spending time in nature together increases cognitive function. That can help you communicate and think more clearly.

Tip: Instead of eating dinner in front of your tv, lay a blanket down for a picnic, or enjoy an alfresco meal out on the patio.

Increase Prosocial Behaviour

A study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley discovered that spending time outdoors can result in increased prosocial behaviour. This refers to voluntary actions intended to benefit or help another person or group of people. The positive emotions that are produced by the sounds and sights of nature can increase your desire for helping others and your happiness.

Tip: If you are feeling antisocial, spend a few hours maintaining or planting vegetables, trees, or flowers in your backyard.

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