If you’re like me, 2017 became a more stress-filled year than I ever anticipated. Some of it was due to circumstances, some of it was because I said “yes!” too many times, and some of it was stress from less-than-wise choices. And while we can’t always control the stressors in our lives, there are things we can do to find some stress-relief — including heading outside! In her book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, author Florence Williams shows how our connection to the natural world is much more important than we think. Even small amounts of exposure to nature can help our moods. So if you found yourself stressing out in 2017, here are some New Year’s resolutions to make 2018 your best year ever. 

  1. Take a walk outside every day. You can read here how a quick walk through the park to and from work made one of our Outdoorosity team members refreshed, invigorated and relaxed.
  2. Visit one national park every month. Click here to find the complete list.  
  3. Spend one day a week outside and unplugged with your family
  4. Once a week, go to a wooded area and spend time forest bathing
  5. Take up a new outdoor pursuit. Some to consider: hiking, camping, rock climbing, bird watching, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and running.
  6. Watch a sunrise once a month.
  7. Take up gardening. Wondering what to plant and when? Check out this page on The Old Farmer’s Almanac website.
  8. Go on a family picnic once a month.
  9. Plant a butterfly garden. Find out how here.  
  10. Plan or volunteer for a community beautification project. Learn how on this site.  


What’s your New Year’s outdoor resolution? 


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Written by Samantha Bell