July 2018

Spend time outdoors for 30 days to improve your health and wellness

Spending time outside can increase both your physical and mental wellness. Your time outside doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. There are lots of ways to spend some time outdoors this summer. We’ve compiled a collection of 30 ways to spend time outdoors in the month of August. Some of them focus on physical activity, others are meant to encourage your sense of joy, community, or whimsy, and others are meant to help you disconnect from the day-to-day and cultivate your sense of calm. You might not complete them all and you can certainly do a single activity on multiple days, but the idea is to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors in some way, every day if possible.

Here’s our list of 30 ways to spend time outdoors:

How practicing gratitude could improve your mood

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Healthy eating during stressful times

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Our need for nutrients actually increases during periods of stress. Ironically, this is the time when many people choose less nutritious foods. If you skip meals or rely on processed or fast foods instead of a balanced diet, your nutrient needs will not be met. Research links diets low in nutrients to an increased risk of depression and anxiety. Choosing nutritious foods and eating regular meals can improve your mood, enhance your energy and immune system and make it easier to manage stress.

How to practice moment-to-moment mindfulness

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You might have heard of the term mindfulness in connection to meditation. But mindfulness strategies include more than just meditation. Mindfulness is the process of being present-focused (which means attending to the moment and not being pulled away by worries or regrets), non-judgmental (observing and describing our experiences), and accepting (not actively struggling against your experience). The great news is that you don’t need to spend a lot of time to practice mindfulness.

Test your sleep health knowledge

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How well do you sleep on an average week? If you aren’t sure, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you ever fall asleep in class or at your computer?
  • Do you watch the clock as you struggle to fall asleep?
  • Do you routinely procrastinate and then pull all-nighters to meet your deadlines?

Sleep is an important part of a healthy self-care routine which also includes nutritious food, exercise, and mindfulness. Research shows that all-nighters and skipping sleep can impact your academic performance. Consistently getting an optimum amount of sleep is a way that you can do your best academically.

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