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It’s getting to the point in the semester where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and, more importantly, smell the Thanksgiving feast coming our way. But, before we get to participate in all of the holiday goodness we have to make it through the “before finals” round of exams and overwhelming beginnings to final projects.
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For me, this portion of the semester can feel pretty overwhelming which is why I think it is imperative to take a break and step away from the desk, homework, computer, phone and group projects to spend some time outside. Keep on reading for the who, what, when, where and why of taking that much needed break outdoors.
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Who: Personally, I always enjoy spending a bit of time alone everyday; however, it is always fun to grab a friend a take a walk outside, go on a hike or sit in a park and chat. This is really up to you!
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What: The options of what to do are endless! You could take a day trip to your nearest national park and find a new trail, take a simple walk around the neighborhood, find a bench to sit and read or people watch or even just relax outside your own home or apartment on a deck or front porch. It really depends on the time you have that day.
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When: Again, this is really dependent on your personal preferences. If you’re at home working on a huge research paper and feel yourself getting frustrated that could be a good sign that it’s time to take a break from the work and computers to grab some Vitamin D! Also, starting each morning with a walk or jog can be a great way to wake yourself up in the morning and meditate on your day.
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Where: We all have our personal favorite spots to go and unwind. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is my personal favorite. If you are in search of new places to go there are endless websites that can assist you in finding the perfect trail. On alltrails.com you can simply type in your city, park or even a specific trail name for specifics. I love this because you can get general information about the entire park or find the location of a specific trail that interests you. Also, going directly to the nearest park and speaking directly to a park ranger gives you a free expert opinion! Instagram is also a great resource; there are plenty of accounts dedicated to exploring each state (@ohioexplored is my favorite!)
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Why: The benefits of spending time outside are ENDLESS. First of all, the sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D. Simply taking a 30 minute walk can decrease stress, stretch out parts of your body that become stiff while sitting down and simply helps to get your muscles moving. Taking in some sunshine everyday can also increase mood. Sitting in a room of fluorescent lights while staring at a computer screen for hours on end puts strain on your eyes and mood. Simply taking a few minutes every couple of hours to step outside will increase your mood and productivity, what else can you ask for?
So now that you’re done reading this article, give it a RAD and take a hike!