Exploring Why It Is Important Not To Confuse ‘Stay At Home’ With ‘Stay Indoors’

We’ve been socially distancing for almost a year now, and we are still navigating life in lockdown. Most people have struggled with the concept of staying home at one point or another, even now. 

When experts first advised us to stay at home, those first few weeks were somewhat productive. People worldwide vowed to start reading more, meditating, and cooking more to pass the time. 

Once all of the home activities were over, many people ended up feeling down, and we may know why. Most confused about staying at home with staying indoors, so we’re here to remind you of the benefits of nature.

Trees Save Lives

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If you have completed the fifth grade, then you’re familiar with the concept of photosynthesis. The oxygen produced by trees and plants clears up any air pollution and fills your lungs with cleaner, healthier air. 

Since coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, it’s essential to expose it to quality oxygen from trees. Walking at a park or sitting in a garden can lower the chances of being negatively affected by polluted air.

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Your immune system can also get a boost from breathing in fresh air from outside. The oxygen produced by trees is useful for breathing and helping cells fight off germs, microbes, and infections. 

Although we are not exposed to too many germs from staying at home, it’s still vital to maintain immune function. Breaking open the windows and stepping out regularly also can decrease the risk of covid exposure. 

The Outdoors Can Be Therapeutic 

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Nature is filled with various elements and plants that have different smells that are proven to be therapeutic. Studies show that there is a benefit to stopping and smelling the roses once in a while. 

Specific plants can promote relaxation, reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and increase your mood. Flowers such as lavender and jasmine are often used in aromatherapy for lowering tension and improving relaxation. 

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Other plants and trees, such as the pine tree, produce a scent that also increases relaxation. Even the smell of rain is said to trigger positive feelings as it reminds us of growth and greenery. 

It’s A Free Energy Boost 

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Studies have proven that spending time outdoors can have vitalizing effects for most people. This means that you can ditch your second cup of coffee for some time out in your garden or anywhere else with plants. 

“Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.”

Says Professor Richard Ryan
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Psychology researchers and professors recommend spending at least 20 minutes outside to reap these benefits. Numerous studies link nature to increased vitality and well-being, and it’s free, so why not try it out?

Written by:
Siba Mosana

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