This simple strategy won’t solve all your problems, but it can make all the difference in your life day to day. It’s one simple thing to do when you’re overwhelmed with life.
By Sarah Mueller, Contributing Writer
In doing research for my book, Step-by-Step Decluttering, I heard from so many people who were overwhelmed, either with the clutter in their lives, or with multiple things. Being overwhelmed can easily lead to anxiety and depression.
I want to share with you a simple strategy I’ve used to cope with that overwhelming feeling. It won’t solve all your problems, but it can make all the difference in your life day to day.
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When life is overwhelming, one simple thing to do is to go outside.
Can going outside really make such a difference?
Yes it can! Here are 6 reasons why.
1. Going outside gives you a change of scenery.
When you step out the door you’re greeted with the beauty of God’s creation. It reminds you that there’s more to the world than your own corner full of dirty dishes and piles of paper.
Being outside helps you think more objectively. Perhaps things aren’t as bad as you thought. Perhaps you’ll get an idea that will help you change your circumstances.
When I was going through an overwhelming time 2 years ago, I was always astonished at how different (and better) I felt just by leaving the house!
(Psst – don’t miss the checklist at the bottom of this post with more tips on how to cope when you’re overwhelmed.)
2. Going outside gives you fresh air and can get your blood pumping.
Taking a 5-minute power walk down the street or chasing your kids around the yard is a simple thing. But those 5 minutes can be so refreshing to body and mind!
Fresh air and exercise is good for everyone! But even just sitting on your front steps will do you a world of good.
Rainy weather doesn’t have to keep you inside. A quick walk in raincoat and boots is also a nice change of pace. When you come back inside refreshed, life will seem a little more manageable.
3. Going outside makes you notice the little things.
Take the time to notice tiny flowers peeking out of the ground, new leaves ready to burst open, ants busy at work. When you’re overwhelmed with life, it’s hard to notice anything except your own troubles.
Getting out your front door gives you a little distance from your own problems and can put things into perspective. When you come back inside, you may be ready to tackle that pile of paperwork (here are is a simple way to manage paperwork) or make that difficult phone call.
4. Going outside into the sunshine gives your body much-needed Vitamin D!
Vitamin D has a huge range of health benefits including to help normalize blood pressure, regulate your immune system, and lots more! Plus, everyone knows that sunshine makes everything better.
5. Going outside gets you away from all those screens.
You know the ones I’m talking about: TV, iPad and phone (leave it inside!). Rarely does something on a screen make us feel better; usually zoning out on Facebook or in front of the TV just makes us feel worse than before.
6. Going outside is something anyone can do!
You don’t need a plan or complicated schedule. There’s no need to put on your exercise clothes. You don’t need to pay a babysitter.
Just open the door and step outside.
This oh-so-simple act brings so many benefits to everyone, especially when you’re struggling with a hard day or bad news.
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Going outside is only one of many strategies you can use when you’re overwhelmed. Learn about some other strategies in my free checklist: 4 Easy Steps to Overcoming Overwhelm. You may not be able to change your circumstances, but you can control how you react to them.