It’s the season of new beginnings and the perfect time to consider trying something different, beneficial, and fun! The active and creative culture offers many options for those looking for new opportunities, lifelong learning, or even services to make life easier.
Almost every non-profit could use a helping hand. Connect with your community in a powerful way by finding a volunteer opportunity that works with your schedule and interests. Not only is this a proactive way to connect with your community, it can greatly improve your longevity and quality of life. According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, volunteering provides accomplishment, mental health benefits, a sense of purpose, leads to improved physical health, and life satisfaction, especially for those in the second half of life.
2- Join a Club
There’s hardly anything more exciting than finding a group of people who share your interests, and the dozens of local clubs make it easy to try out and discover a new hobby. By strengthening your social network in this way you can receive life and health benefits from relationships all while pursuing a topic you love or activity you enjoy.
3- Keep Learning
Lifelong learning has been shown to be an integral part in living an active second chapter. According to Dr. Richard Novak of Rutgers University, “Lifelong learners are happier, healthier and live longer… Why lifelong learning? Simply stated, because it is good for your health and good for everyone around you.”
4- Participate in the Fine Arts
With numerous local resources for those looking to follow a fine arts passion, it’s the perfect time to explore the creative side of life. In addition to the fun of the arts, the Journal of Aging Studies reported that aging adults involved in creative activities felt a stronger sense of purpose, competence, and growth, and reported stronger development in problem-solving skills, motivation, and management of their everyday lives.
5- Get Moving
Invigorate your new year with active recreation. Not only does staying active help you feel great, it allows individuals to stay independent longer, enhances mobility, and balance, and lowers risk factors for a variety of conditions.
6- Refresh Your Space
Did you know that the colors you decorate with can influence your mood? Studies have shown our body reacts to color so deeply you can sense color even without using your eyes. In fact, colored rooms and lighting are often used to affect health and behavior. Another upside? Using color can be fun! It’s easy to mix it up by simply adding color accents such as pillows, throws, and photo frames.
Other ways to refresh and revive your space include adding light, reducing clutter, and adding container gardens.
7- Explore the World Around You
Most of the time, people look into their garden and see a patch of grass and some flowers. What people don’t know is that, there is so much beyond that to explore. A small bush could contain beautiful buds. A simple patch of grass could have some fascinating creatures living there. All you have to do to see there is more to the world, is look a little closer.
It’s natural human instinct to pine for the outdoors, and it’s due to a primal instinct that is still ingrained in our psyche to yearn for the relief of the open. But it comes down to more than just instinct, there are physical benefits to leaving the city lights and breathing fresh, clean air.
Research is increasingly illuminating the rich and measurable benefits of being in nature. And the beauty of it is that nature has no set formula: some of us like to fish, hunt, hike, kayak, jog or simply take pictures of the perfect sunset.
- Feel Better Emotionally: We all know how we feel when we do our favorite outdoor activity, exhilarated, calm, relaxed, fortified, and restored.
- Feel Better Physically: Time spent in nature is associated with a decrease in blood pressure, sympathetic nerve activity, and heart rate.
- Have a Better Workout: Several studies have shown that having a “green” workout leaves subjects feeling increased energy, greater revitalization, less depression, and less anger when they exercised outdoors versus exercising indoors.
- Feel Better Mentally: Being outdoors replenishes voluntary attention, help those with ADHD, enhances brain connectivity for more efficient focus.
All the research also points to the fact that time in nature most powerfully nurtures us when we’re most “at risk” – of disease, depression, or desperation.
So whether you take an outdoor vacation, simply take an afternoon trip, or step outside your office for a lunch break in a public park, it’s important to expose yourself to the health benefits of nature on a regular basis. Health Fitness Revolution recommends being outdoors at least twice a week for an hour to start noticing the benefits long-term.
Source : http://livelawrencelife.com/2016/12/30/8-ways-to-reinvent-your-2017/, http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/health-benefits-of-relaxing-in-nature/
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