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Keep These Items In Mind Before You Go Outdoors

It's time for a change of scenery. Our world is filled with many wondrous sites and sights for us to take time to appreciate. Spending time outdoors has SO many benefits for our physical and mental wellness. B
eing outside in nature not only provides physical perks from walks, hikes, biking, swimming, gardening, camping, or fishing, you may also reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality, and boost your immune system. Increasing physical activity levels can set you along the path to weight loss and improve cardiovascular health. While any day is an ideal day for fresh air and fitness, many of us discover ways to bring nature indoors by caring for a pet, flowers, or plants into your home may also have a positive impact on your health and well-being. Whatever your plan is for naturally boosting both your body and your mind, you can make the most out of the outdoors with these essential items to keep in mind before you go outdoors.

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Keep These Items In Mind Before You Go Outdoors

From dawn to dusk the wonders of nature have the power to spark improvement in our mood, energy level, and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Sunlight (with sunglasses and sunscreen) shines restorative rays of light helping to build up our Vitamin D levels. Evenings are preferred for cooler, star-filled leisure with reflective lighting and proper safety precautions.

Day and night, our Solight Design Solar Lanterns are sun-powered, waterproof lights we always include on our list of travel essentials. Innovative and brilliantly designed by Alice Chun, these collapsible origami solar-charged lanterns are lightweight, portable, and environmentally-conscious lighting for safety and style. Perfect for going off-grid, power outages, and tucking away in your household and travel emergency preparedness kits, these award-winning lights are a family favorite. 

Far too often, before we even leave the boundaries of our backyard we find ourselves fighting away mosquitos and other insects. Here's a natural insect repellent hack to try- plant mint around your garden. The scent of mint will often help to keep mosquitos and other insects away. For "proven-to-work protection", our family chooses to use Wondercide. This plant-powered, pesticide was featured on Shark Tank and provides protection from pesky ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, ants, roaches, and more. 

"We innovate solutions for pets, people, and the places they roam, at home or on the go."  -Wondercide

Trust me when I say avoiding ticks, insect bites and stings can be a real bother. Stephanie Poole, Founder and CEO of Wondercide believe in a mixture of fierce love and proven, scientifically-effective formulas, woes can officially bug-off. Wondercide advises-

Before you head out

• Shake well for best results.
• Spray exposed skin.
• Spray in hands to apply to face.
• Spray clothing for added protection.

Re-apply if spending lots of time outside

Just like sunscreen, re-apply Insect Repellent as needed while you're outside to keep bugs at a distance. Start by re-applying every hour and adjust as needed.

Inspiration while observing the great outdoors can also increase our personal creativity and problem-solving abilities. Creatives use the scenic opportunity to draw, sketch, paint, write, create, or simply be in the moment. I often become inspired to capture the wholesomeness of the moment in The Glow Up Journal: Everything You Need to Set Goals, Create Inspo―and Make It Happen! by Danielle Richardson, OD. 

Richardson explains, "A glow up is a transformation—transforming from where you currently are to the ultimate version of yourself." Journaling in The Glow Up Journal, I've create my own pretty in pink goals and affirmations I'm working on to "make it happen" in my life. Pack along all that you need to be motivated to create, remember the unwritten expectation that anything you bring in, you also take out, as a manner of respect for nature.

What items do you have in mind before you go outdoors?

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