Go Outdoors: Scientifically Proven To Improve Your Mental Well-Being

Man walking dog

One of the best things to do for your mental well-being is to get out of the house, put the TV remote down, turn off the console and see the world around you.

Did you know that walking briskly or jogging activates soothing neurons in the brain? These neurons help dull feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression and it’s scientifically backed.

Now I’m not suggesting we all become tree hugging, mud hut dwelling hermits, however, what I am suggesting is that you open your mind to something different, something only nature can offer – the outdoors.

Why? As a bald guy, I know that when you first start to notice the signs of hair loss, especially if you’re young; you want to hide, become a bit of recluse and avoid contact with people.

As we know, this is the wrong thing to do.

You need to be outdoors, in the fresh air and around nature, it’s surprising how calming a good walk or run can be for your mental state-of-mind.

Regardless of your age, this still applies. Getting out of the house, not just going to work or running errands can really help you put things into perspective regarding how you see things.

Young or old, losing your hair or dealing with hair loss, staying in the house all the time is just not healthy, your mind needs mental stimulation, your brain needs exercise too and not just the kind you get from staring at a TV screen or a smartphone.

Whether or not your problems are from work, your relationship, your family and friends, having space and time away from the problems can help you focus on what is important and even help you question what is causing you issues in the first place.

I have already offered numerous help and advice tips but this is still something I do today, and on a regular basis.

Being outdoors, either walking or on a run helps me keep a level head, take stock of things and in most cases, come home refreshed and ready to deal with anything that is causing me stress.

Not only does walking help keep you in shape (as long as you walk with some pace), it helps you clear your mind or at least rationalise your thoughts and find solutions to what might be causing you emotional stress/anxiety in the first place.

Bald man walking

I am not saying walking in the fresh air is suddenly going to ease all your concerns, nor I’m I saying that you will solve all the issues you might have, what it will enable you to do is take ‘time out’ and think clearly.

Sometimes the home environment can be a stressful place, kids, noise, bills, repairs, chores etc… You need to have a place where you can get away from these things if only for a short period, time to yourself and time to think.

You don’t have to roam off into the hills/countryside, not all of us are that lucky to have it on our doorsteps – a good walk around the streets, town, cities, villages in which you live is all that’s required.

Take a route you wouldn’t normally choose, walk to a place you’d normally drive to and see all the things you miss, it could be just what your mind needs to talk you away from the things that are dragging you down or the stresses you are carrying with you.

Mental well-being is a serious topic, one I am fundamental about when it comes to making sure all our readers have a healthy and positive state-of-mind.

Being healthy mentally can help you see things as they are and understand that, (in most cases), things will get better if you want them to, if you are mentally strong enough to deal with them then you will be strong enough to deal with anything life has to throw at you.

If you have read this and some of what I am saying is hitting home, please find the time to get out, go for a walk and take a moment for yourself, it will help, it will give you focus and hopefully put things into perspective.

Paul Inman

Paul Inman is the founder of The Bald Gent. As the main contributor to TBG, Paul has years of knowledge, experience and stories to share with our users. His insights, advice and blogs form the backbone to everything we do and what makes being a true gent so important to the ethos of TBG.

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