Let’s Take This Outside!

From Behind the Pen

Image Credit: Elizaveta Dushechkina

Oh, the weather in our area is screaming with a desire so deep for us to step outside and spend time in the great outdoors. Honey, I am all in. The benefits are invaluable, and for those of us who can spend time outdoors, do so, because its effect on our mind, body, and spirit is immeasurable. I have heard stories from people who are confined indoors for various reasons, like those in nursing care facilities or dealing with long-term hospitalization stating that if they could only go outside, they think they would recover faster or feel so much better.

But research has shown that spending time outside is critical to our physical and mental states. First, according to Dr. Allison Edwards, MD, the medical director of Sesame, missing out on your daily dose of sunshine has several deleterious impacts—including offsetting your body’s circadian rhythms and…

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