The Great Outdoors: Why Stepping Outside is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Spending time in nature is like hitting a reset button for your mind, body, and soul. Whether you are walking through a park, hiking in the mountains, or simply sitting in your backyard, spending time in the great outdoors can have a profound impact on your well-being.

Here are just a few ways stepping outside can improve your mind, body, and soul:


  • Reduces stress and anxiety: Studies have shown that spending time in nature can help reduce levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress.
  • Boosts creativity: Being in natural settings can help improve cognitive function, leading to increased creativity and problem-solving abilities.
  • Improves mental clarity: Spending time outdoors can help clear our minds and improve our ability to focus and concentrate.


  • Increases vitamin D intake: Exposure to sunlight can help our bodies produce vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones and a strong immune system.
  • Boosts physical activity: Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and swimming provide a fun way to stay active and improve cardiovascular health.
  • Enhances sleep quality: Exposure to natural light and fresh air can help regulate our circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep quality.


  • Enhances feelings of happiness and well-being: Being in nature has been shown to increase feelings of happiness and overall well-being.
  • Connects us to something bigger: Being surrounded by the beauty and vastness of nature can help us feel connected to something larger than ourselves, leading to a sense of awe and wonder.
  • Promotes mindfulness: The calm and peacefulness of nature can help us be more present and mindful in the moment, leading to a greater appreciation for life.

So if you are looking for ways to improve your mind, body and soul, why not take a break from your indoor routine and step outside today? 

Here’s an idea… Help our aging neighbors get out and enjoy all that you community has to offer. Invite your “friendly visits” companion to sit in the backyard or take a stroll around the block. Take an aging senior to the park for a picnic or have a cup of coffee on a patio.

What can you do to get outside and help others to do the same?