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which means there are kids getting a lot more screen time. This adds up to
more time over the course of a week than most parents spend at work. Carving
out time with our families to get outdoors not only benefits our physical
and mental health and our relationships, but also allows us to become active
role models for changing our children’s behaviour and contributing to their
health and well-being as well.
So, how much time will you spend outside today? If you feel it is not
enough, be sure to make the time to go outside and reap the multitude of
benefits offered by nature. Consider spending some time walking in a forest
or park every day. Go untethered—no phone, no camera, no goals other
than to wander. Be quiet. Be still and observe. Observe how wildlife changes
as it becomes accustomed to your presence. Use all of your senses to bathe
in the experience. In the hours after your walk, ask yourself if you notice
any changes or lasting effects. If you decide the benefits of being in nature
outweigh the effort it takes to get outside, then make the outdoors a regular
part of your life. Nature: it’s good for you.
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