How to Spend More Time Outdoors as a Family

It’s often overlooked that humans don’t belong indoors, even though that’s where we spend the majority of our time. We typically find ourselves in our cars, in the office, and in our homes, with the outdoors only making a sporadic appearance in our lives. But there are reasons why we should consider changing this — the chief reason is that nature has been shown to be exceedingly good humans: it makes it us happier, calmer, and elevates our thoughts, too. And this is as true for children as it is for adults, if not more so. But of course, with so many responsibilities in our lives, it can be difficult to find the time to get outdoors and into nature. Below, we take a look at a few ways you can make it a bigger part of your life. 

How to Spend More Time Outdoors as a Family

Get the Kids Excited

You might understand the value of spending time in the outdoors, but your kids? They might be harder to convince. The treasures of a walk through the woods aren’t instantly apparent when it’s competing with an iPad that has hours upon hours of entertainment built into it. So it’s good to get them excited, and you can do that by simply letting them have fun. If you try to force them to do whatever you want to do in the outdoors, they’ll get bored — let them run like little animals.

Find Your Local Areas

If you live in a city, then you’re probably used to the landscape being a sea of concrete buildings. But the UK is actually nearly entirely green — just 10% of land in the UK is built on, that’s all buildings, roads, homes, everything. So it’ll come as no surprise that you’ll have a picturesque place to go for a walk nearby to your home. It’s impossible that there won’t be somewhere (indeed, multiple places) worth exploring within an hour’s drive from your home.

Get the Right Tools

One thing that puts people off from visiting nature is that they don’t have the right equipment. If you have the stuff that you need, you’ll find it much easier to head into the outdoors, and thus be more inclined to make a trip. To begin, look at your car: it’s best to have a vehicle that is suitable for both natural areas and the city, such as a used range rover sport. It’ll handle the outdoors much better than a car that was designed with city living in mind. Waterproof clothing, boots, and camping equipment will also make the outdoors more enjoyable and straightforward, too.

Part of the Schedule

You’ll be keen to get your family’s outdoor adventures off the ground, but after a while, it’ll begin to wane. So it’s important that you anticipate that issue, and make heading into nature part of the family schedule. Try to aim to go for a long walk and breathing in that fresh British air at least once a month, though feel free to go more often if you can!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin

Thank you for sharing

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