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Embrace the Outdoors with Storm Creek: How Nature Boosts Mental Health

Embrace the Outdoors with Storm Creek: How Nature Boosts Mental Health

Be honest: How much time do you spend staring at a screen each day? For most Americans, that number clocks in at more than 10 hours, according to a 2016 Nielsen Total Audience Report. Our increasing reliance on technology, combined with a global trend toward urban living, means many of us are spending less time outdoors.

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re here to help you get outside and explore all of the benefits nature has to offer.

Nature's Greatest Benefits

Getting outside feels great for a reasonturns out, there’s science behind it! You don’t need a picture-perfect outdoor experience to get the benefits of nature. From a stroll through a city park to a day spent hiking in the wilderness, exposure to nature has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved focus, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation.

1. Nature can improve our thinking and reasoning

Being in the office all day, we can experience sensory overload, resulting in tension and mental fatigue. Studies have shown that nature helps to relax our minds and bodies, leading to better focus and concentration.

It can also boost your creativity and problem-solving abilities. Having a mental block? Try stepping outside for a breath of fresh air or take an easy walk around the block or office—you just might find the answers you were looking for.

2. Nature can improve physical wellness

Walk, bike, hike—the options are truly endless. Not only does it help increase physical activity levels, but studies also show that nature has a positive effect on the inside of our body, too!

Luckily, you don’t need long to feel the benefits. Spending just 20 minutes connecting with nature can help lower cortisol levels (psst that's the yucky stress hormone).

3. Being outside can improve your mental health 

Nature can help decrease your anxiety levels and can help lessen stress and feelings of anger. Exercise can also help this, but it's even better when you're outside.

Regular access to green spaces has been linked to lower risks of depression and improved concentration and attention. Being outside allows us to be social and come together with family, friends, or even people you don't know who are also looking for a great hiking trail.


8 Outdoor Activities for Mental Wellness

From moisture-wicking fabrics to UV protection and durability, our gear is crafted to enhance your outdoor experience. Here are a few of our team’s favorite outdoor activities guaranteed to boost your mental and physical well-being:

1. Plan a picnic with friends or family. 

What to Wear: Sidekick Quarter Zip

Our super soft Pacesetter’s warmer cousin. Country club chic and ready to take you from a picnic to date night.

Layering Tip: Influencer Woven


2. Find a park or green space to kick around a frisbee or soccer ball.

What to Wear: Bodyguard Quarter Zip & Trendsetter Joggers

A lightweight layer that lends everyone a sporty vibe, with UPF 30+ sun protection to keep you covered in the park; plus the comfiest joggers you've ever known.


3. Find a hiking trail you've never been to. 

What to Wear: Pacesetter Quarter Zip

Look good and feel even better on the trails with this lusciously soft layer that's also UPF 30+ sun protection and comes in over 10 colors!


4. Dust off your bike and go for an easy ride around the neighborhood.

What to Wear: Idealist Windbreaker

This windproof and water-resistant style is perfect for shielding you from the elements and layering with our favorite tee.

Layering Tip: Sightseer Long Sleeve Tee


5. Take your dog for a walk to a nearby park they'll enjoy it as much as you will.

What to Wear: Sidekick Hoodie

This soft and stylish hoodie feels as incredible as it looks. Who said dog walking couldn’t be fashionable?


6. Plant a vegetable or flower garden in your yard or on your patio.

What to Wear: Naturalist Short Sleeve

For the outdoor enthusiast (and green thumb) in us all. This shirt makes everything possible.


7. Take up golfing with a friend or family member. 

What to Wear: Activator Polo

A high stretch, moisture-wicking polo designed to match your self-starter energy. Plus, UPF 30+ sun protection for the course.


8. Meet up with a neighbor or friend to walk daily or weekly.

What to Wear: Overachiever Pullover

Our super-soft sweaterfleece hugs you in warmth and is ideal for everything from lounging or walking to running errands.


This Mental Health Awareness Month, make a commitment to prioritize your well-being and embrace the healing power of the outdoors. A little dose of nature goes a long way when it comes to boosting your well-being. So, lace up those shoes, throw on your favorite Storm Creek gear, and embark on your journey to better mental health this month.


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