Summer is finally here and so are the hottest days of the year. While our lovely Wisconsin brings us magical winters, we finally get the opportunity to spend time outside in nature with family and friends. From free concerts off the square, to going to the farmer’s market on Saturdays to family gatherings and parties- there’s plenty of things to do!
Hellen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadows”. As Wisconsinites, we spend an average of 4 to 6 months indoors due to our freezing cold winters and month-long gray skies. This can result in low levels of production of Vitamin D which is responsible for assisting us in boosting our immune system, contributes to bone and muscle health, reduces inflammation, and reduces stress. More importantly, by spending more time outside in nature, our bodies can produce more Vitamin D which in turn fights depression by increasing Serotonin- the happiness hormone.
It is crucial for us to take advantage of our summer days. This is the time to take a break from our busy routines to enjoy that family vacation on the beachside or simply enjoy a weekend getaway up north of Wisconsin. If you find you are not able to travel, you can still go outside every day. You can take a short walk, go cycling, or set up a small picnic next to the lake. No matter how far or close to home you go, as long as you get to spend time outside, your body, your mind and soul will surely be grateful for it. What are you waiting for, go out there and enjoy the sunshine today!