Are you itching to get outside? Between the cold weather and the global pandemic, many of us have found ourselves craving time in nature. While some have found respite in skiing or snowshoeing during the long winter, others long for green foliage and warm temperatures. The pandemic has only compounded the cabin fever. With few options to socialize safely outside of the house, many of us are stuck at home.
As it turns out, the desire to spend time outdoors is only natural. Our ancestors lived in primitive shelters and spent much of their time searching for food. For thousands of years, we evolved in these conditions and adapted to living in nature. When we spend too much time indoors, we are vulnerable to nature deficit disorder. Scientists have shown that nature deprivation has harmful psychological effects, especially for kids.
The good news, however, is that even small doses of the outdoors can combat this affliction. Spending time outside relieves stress, improves our ability to focus, boosts our mood, and increases overall happiness. Even our physical health can benefit from a walk in the woods or an afternoon on the water.
Many of the virtues of spending time outside derive from feelings of awe. Experiences outside of the realm of everyday life can generate this emotion, a mix of wonder and reverence. We feel awe when we spot an osprey swooping down to snatch a fish out of the water or watch the setting sun cast a tangerine tinge on the waves.
As spring approaches and temperatures rise, outdoor recreation will become more practical. With the right precautions, enjoying nature with friends and family can be responsible as well. Come join us for a cruise on the MV Teal for a fun and safe experience in the outdoors this season (May-October). You never know what you might see and you’re bound to feel a sense of relief from your time outside on the water!