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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia.
Up and down the East Coast, we have been bombarded with rain lately, keeping many of us stuck indoors. However, this week’s forecast offers a break from the rainy weather with some sunny days in our future. Spending time outdoors has both mental and physical health benefits. So, take advantage of this week’s weather and step outside.
Several studies suggest that spending time outside can boost your mood and relieve stress. From the fresh air to the sunshine to the physical activity, there are a number of benefits from spending time outdoors. In fact, taking a walk outdoors has even more benefits than the act of simply walking, because nature activates different parts of your brain that you don’t get with exercise indoors or in more urban settings.
If your work schedule prevents you from spending much time outdoors, take a few minutes when you can. Eat your lunch outside or take your laptop to a bench outdoors and answer some e-mails. Pick a flower from your garden and sit it on your desk at work. All of these are simple ways to connect with nature and boost your mood without having to spend hours outdoors.
With spring just around the corner, and daylight savings time extending our hours of sunlight, now is the perfect time of year to get more connected with nature. Whether it’s just for a few minutes while you have a break at work, or if it’s a nice hike on a nature trail over the weekend, any exposure to the great outdoors can only help when it comes to your mental well-being.
If you are looking to talk with someone who cares about your mental health, give us a call at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine. We are a group of dedicated and compassionate psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA.