Fresh air is vital to not only our survival, but our wellbeing and happiness. Waking up and smelling the roses is integral to our mental health, physical health and depth of experiences.
Fresh air leads to sites and nature
Fresh air is the common denominator when seeing beauty, nature and wonderful sites. For example, when on the San Simón Island, there’s so much to see: historically relevant places, forestry, sunsets, gorgeous ocean, engineering feats and so on. Staying inside never led to the exploration of anything, and doing so would deprive you of the world’s beauty.
Getting fresh air by going out to see the sites might be where it starts — but this isn’t the only reward. Usually as a by-product, spending time outdoors can make you a lot happier.
Spending enough time outdoors with nature is proven to relieve stress. Anxiety can build when being stagnant in one place, that’s lacking in oxygen and the natural world around us. This works in two ways: one is physical and the other is mental. Fresh air is essentially for our lungs, blood and brain to function well, and a lack of it can be the cause of stress. This is why schools have such an emphasis on students going outside during lunch time — because it can calm them down afterwards and engage their brain better.
Mentally speaking though, it’s the respite that many of us need. Working in an office or travelling for long distances in a car can negatively affect us. Spirits and mood is boosted when we step outside, stretch our legs and smell the freshly cut grass.
There is almost no end to the physical benefits of indulging in fresh air. It’s a sad state of our economy and how we live when spending time outdoors is “indulging”, but it’s true. Being in places like San Simón Island, whether it’s on holiday or living, can really open your eyes to another way of living.
First and foremost, spending time outdoors can boost our energy. You have to spend energy in order to have it, but you also need clean air. Studies have shown that going to the beach or park can boost energy.
Being in the outdoors also improves digestion. This is a mixture of getting oxygen, as well as simply moving around when taking a stroll. You will also boost your immune system to fight off harmful bacteria. Being in bad air, stuck indoors is conducive to fostering bad bacteria.
Being outdoors isn’t the only fix though — it must be away from heavily polluted, urban areas. We’re all aware of the damage that smoking does and staying inside with all the dust, mould and bacteria. But walking around heavy traffic, breathing in those fumes aren’t going to do much good either. Instead, you need to find a more remote walk path, beach, park or even just a quite urban area so you can clean your lungs with some crisp, unpolluted air. This is particularly important if you suffer with asthma.
It sounds obvious, but getting clean air regularly can be the habit that changes your life the most.