The Good News Network reports that Americans are struggling to find a little “me time” and that 75% of people wish they spent more time outdoors, and 20% admit they don’t use their own outdoor space enough.
There are so many benefits to relaxing outside, rather than inside.
Medical research shows that spending time in nature can reduce symptoms of mental and physical ailments and boost the body’s production of immune cells and cancer-fighting proteins.
Other studies show that spending just 20 minutes in nature can significantly reduce a person’s stress levels – and people who live close to birds and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and stress.
Birdwatching is Cheaper Than a Therapist
So here’s an idea…get out and see birds, or let the birds come to you.
We recommend going to your local store, picking up a bird feeder and a bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds to fill tube, hopper or tray feeders.
These types of seeds attract cardinals, finches, chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers and many more, all year long.
READ: Living Like a Bird
Enjoying Birds is Nature’s Therapy
Of course, now you’ll be getting an extra bit of exercise as well picking up the hulls from your lawn, but it’s a small price to pay to enjoy seeing beautiful birds and hearing soothing birdsong.
So drown out those everyday stressors that can quickly turn a day sour, and spend your five hours of “me time” a week — that’s just 43 minutes a day — outside enjoying birds.
Soon you’ll begin to see things that you may not have noticed before.
And begin to discover the beauty of nature at new heights.
Now get out and see birds.