Summer days beckon us outside to bask in the sun’s warmth and enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, jogging, and hiking. But stepping out of your house may offer more than just fun and games; it could positively affect your mental health.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, we’re spending more time inside than ever before. One study has shown that the average American spends 93% of his or her life indoors*! Bucks County construction services offered by Paul Construction, such as custom-built decks and patios, gazebos, and outdoor kitchens, are great ways to increase the likelihood of spending more time outside.
According to research, being in nature boosts your mood and physical health. This article from Business Insider explains some benefits to spending time outside, some of which include:
- Improved Mental Health – If you find yourself dealing with a large amount of anxiety and stress, being among greenery will act as a natural stress reducer. Sunlight exposure increases the serotonin levels in your brain, which can cause this mood-boosting benefit. Exercise also reduces stress. Take time to exercise in your own backyard. If you have a deck, bring a yoga mat outside and enjoy your workout routine from a new perspective.
- Restore Mental Energy – Daily life can cause us to feel “mental fatigue,” which is the result of your brain working overtime. The great outdoors can be very therapeutic and relaxing. This type of environment allows your brain to “reset” and receive a mental reboot.
- Inflammation Reduction – Many people suffer from varying forms of inflammation in their bodies. The article explains how a study revealed less inflammation in students who spent time in the forest compared to students who spent time in the city.
Consider Construction Services in Bucks County
If work and household chores have you spending too much time indoors, find ways to bring some of your responsibilities outside. An outdoor kitchen is the perfect way to enjoy nature’s beauty while also preparing dinner. Instead of sitting inside to sort through paperwork or pay bills, sit at a picnic table outside. Using the Sunesta Shadespot will reduce glare and excessive sun exposure.
There are various Bucks County construction services available to help you and your family reap the physical and mental benefits of spending more time outdoors. The experts at Paul Construction will work with you to design the perfect outdoor space to fit your lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation.
* The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS): a resource for assessing exposure to environmental pollutants. (https://www.nature.com/articles/7500165).