By Jazmyn Matthews
If you live in Georgia, you don’t really get four seasons in a year. You get a couple months of fall, a couple months of spring, a couple weeks of winter and the rest is just summer. That’s it. Six hot months and then a few other seasons scattered throughout the rest of the year. One good thing about the long summer months, however, is the opportunity to spend time outdoors.
“I like the feeling of a cool breeze or the warmth of the sun rather than the artificial air conditioner or heater,” says Emily Unholz, a senior psychology major from Warner Robins. “I enjoy breathing in fresh air.” In addition to being refreshing, it turns out that being outside is actually beneficial to your health.
Here are four health benefits to being “one with nature,” according to Appalachian Trials:
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to being outside. “Being outside makes me feel more tuned into my inner self,” says Emmanuel Nkereuwem, a senior management information systems major from Atlanta. Other than being able to look at the pretty birds and to people-watch the students on campus, the outside air is good for you and brings important time for self-reflection. The next time you’re stressing about the next organic chemistry test or dreading writing that English paper you’ve been putting off, take a walk outside. Your brain could use the rest and by the time you come back, you’ll be ready to conquer that homework assignment.
Fresh air is free. And isn’t that a college student’s favorite word?