A growing body of scientific evidence proves getting outside is good for our health and well-being.

 

Exploring and appreciating nature, in our own backyards, community parks, and schoolyards; reduces stress, improves memory, boosts heart health, and offers many other benefits for our minds and bodies.

Having a living landscape of grass, trees, shrubs, and flowering plants is good. Using this outdoor space to reap the health benefits it offers is even better. By getting outside, even for just 10 minutes, you can do so much to boost your mood, productivity, and quality of life.”

Below are 10 easy ways you can enjoy nature in less than 10 minutes.

Take a walk. Lace-up your athletic shoes and head out for a walk around the block or to your neighborhood park. While you’re out, commit to turning off your cell phone and enjoying the natural setting around you (it’s just 10 minutes, after all!).

Get your kids moving. Arousing game of tag or hide-and-seek in the family yard is a great way to counter computer and screen time.
Play with your dog, Take inspiration from your pooch and spend a few minutes outside playing Frisbee or fetch.

Clean up your outdoor living room. Make simple work of yard chores by breaking them up into smaller chunks. Ten minutes is enough time to put a serious dent in weeding a flower bed, sweeping off the back patio, or picking up debris from your lawn.

Plant something. Take 10 minutes to dig a hole and introduce a new plant or do some weeding or clean-up for your gardens or flower beds.

Dine alfresco. Taking a meal outside is one of the easiest, and most nourishing, ways to enjoy the outdoor space around you. Have breakfast with the backyard birds. Eat lunch at a park near your office. Enjoy your coffee break under a shade tree.

Study or read a book. Take the “work” out of homework by moving study or reading sessions to your backyard or community green space.

Swap a (short) commute for walking or biking. Do you typically use your car to run down to the mailbox, to a nearby convenience store, or to run other nearby daily errands? If it’s not too far, take a short walk or ride your bike instead.

Meet outside. Fresh air can be a catalyst for fresh ideas, so take your next brainstorming session for work outdoors. Having a heart-to-heart with your child? Scientists have discovered that communication between parents and children is more connected when conducted outside.

Sit back and relax. Sometimes, the best thing to do is absolutely nothing at all. Spend some time in a hammock, spread a blanket out on the grass, or take a meditation break outside to soak up nature around you.

 

Take Your Medicine...Carefully

To get well or stay well, patients should have prescriptions filled and take them according to the directions. But the Community Pharmacists Association says often that doesn't happen.

 49% forget to take it
 39% forgot they took it and took it again
 31% did not fill a prescription
 29% stopped taking the medication before the supply ran out
 18% took someone else's prescription
 11% received a prescription but substituted an over-the-counter drug
 8% didn't understand how to take the medication
 6% took more than the recommended dosage.

If everyone took their medicine as prescribed, more people would get well and their conditions wouldn't turn into something worse.