If you ask most people what their typical day looks like, they will usually tell you about a schedule that requires them to be inside for eighty to ninety percent of their waking hours. This is pretty common in today’s day and age, as we place a lot of importance on efficiency and productivity. We encourage things to be automated and love when a task can be performed by a robot instead of a human being. This model seems to work well until we realize that we are focusing a lot of our energy on being as much like a robot as we can. Allowing computers to dictate our time and focus, using them as our primary tool for not only communication, but connection. If you have not seen the ways in which this can become problematic, then you will soon unless you make changes in your habits to balance your lifestyle.
This is a great time of year to start thinking about the small changes you can make to help get you on track to spending more time outdoors in 2018. Making more time in nature a part of your New Year’s resolution might be the perfect way to kick start a new routine or habit. Here are a few ideas to help you if you are struggling with where to begin:
Start Your Day with Fresh Air
If you are like me, you have a habit of making screen time one of your first priorities. For some of us, it is the need to check our email, our text messages, or our calendar to determine what the schedule for the day is. For others, you are scrolling social media or news outlets to update yourself on current events. If you need to know what is going on in your immediate future, then make it a point to check your phone, respond when necessary, and put your phone back on the table and out of reach for a bit. Take your coffee, tea, lemon water, or whatever else you might enjoy in the morning and bring it to whatever outdoor space you have. You may be fortunate enough to have your own private porch in the woods, but you may only have a stoop in the city, either one works.
Plan One Outdoor Activity Per Week
Depending on where you live, this may have to be adjusted seasonally. If you live somewhere that remains warm year-round than you could potentially create a new routine that you can maintain no matter what season it is. Some great ideas for weekly outdoor activities are hiking, gardening, bird watching, swimming, skiing, snowshoeing, fishing or even just walking through your neighborhood. If you want to motivate yourself to get outside, it can be helpful to have the right attire. I usually shop at LL Bean for their great prices and wide variety. Once you start to get used to spending more time outside, you may even want to carve out more time to plan multiple activities per week.