Find Mental Clarity With These Fun Outdoor Family Activities
Family activities and mental clarity don’t necessarily seem like they should be in the same sentence. Yet, there are plenty of fun and engaging things you can do with kids or as a family that offers an opportunity for you to gain insight into each other and the world around you.
Why It’s Important To Get Outside
Spending time outside isn’t just about having fun. There are serious health benefits to be gained from being outdoors. These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the physical and emotional benefits of nature.
Your body produces vitamin D when sunlight contacts your skin. Since the vitamin may help fight several health conditions including osteoporosis and some cancers, getting enough of it is important. Just don’t overdo your exposure. Too much time in the sun can quickly lead to sunburn and potentially dangerous UV damage.
Better moods and a more stable emotional state are two of the psychological benefits attributed to nature. Some studies have also shown a correlation between time spent in nature and symptoms of ADHD in children previously diagnosed with the disorder.
Patients undergoing treatment for medical conditions appear to heal faster and with less pain when they are exposed to nature, even if it is from looking through a window.
When you spend time outdoors, you are more likely to engage in physical activity. That promotes positive physical and emotional health outcomes.
Family Activities That Nourish the Soul
Despite the obvious and overwhelming benefits to spending time outdoors, kids just aren’t doing it like they used to. In fact, the average youth today spends more than seven hours a day using a tech device and nearly all of their time indoors. It’s time to take action, improve your and your family’s health, and find a moment of clarity with your kids in tow by trying out one of these great family-friendly outdoor activities.
Visit a Nearby Park
Take a day trip to a local park where you can enjoy quality time outdoors. Relax on a tire swing, zip down the slide, or run through a splash pad with abandon.
While you might think of this as an activity for a nice sunny day, parks can be great in the rain, too. So grab the kids rain jacket and boots from the back of the closet and head out for some fun. Jumping over puddles and looking for worms that have come out of the wet ground are just a couple of suggestions for rainy day activities.
Hit the Trails
Hiking is a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature and increase your physical activity. Be sure to pack a first-aid kit and enough snacks and water to last the day. Have little ones carry a backpack with their favorite treats and a nature journal to record what they find along the way.
Plant a garden with your family to enjoy the calming effects of the activity. Kids will be excited to see plants grow from seeds or transplants, not to mention being able to eat any fruits or vegetables you happen to produce.
Don’t let apartment living or a small yard keep you from enjoying a garden. Check out containers and raised bed techniques to bring nature into even the smallest spaces.
Winston Churchill famously said that “there is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse”, and e may have been right. Take some time to enjoy nature, let your horse carry your load, and just go along for the ride.
You don’t have to live in the country or be a horse person to enjoy time spent around these incredible animals. There are plenty of opportunities for trail riding, or even equine therapy, no matter where you are and what level of riding skill you have.
Tackle Some Cliffs
If you want to boost focus and concentration, try your hand at rock climbing. Find a reputable outfitter and guide that works with children to be sure everyone has the safety gear they need to be successful.
Sometimes getting outside is just plain fun. But it can also lead to empowering moments of clarity and awareness. Make even small moments special by incorporating these great family activities into your regular routine.
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