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December Challenge - Opt Outside

Win a free spot at our January Workshop - New Year, New You

· health challenge,mental health,outside

If you haven’t heard about our December Challenge, we are excited to have you join us! For the entire month of December we will be opting outside daily, even if just for a few minutes of mindfulness in nature.

People always get motivated on the first of the year for positive change, but why wait? So we decided let’s end the year with a bang! Every day in December we will get outside rain, shine or snow, even if it’s for just 15 minutes to walk the driveway or to do 5 minutes of soaking in the sun. This challenge isn’t about working out, it’s about taking time out during this hectic month to decompress, to connect with others who are on the same mission and get a jump start on a new healthier you.

Getting outdoors and getting fresh air not only has an antibiotic effect, but it helps improve mood. As the days get shorter and the demands get bigger during this month, people often do the opposite, parking closer to the storefront, spending weekends inside.

But breathing fresh air has proven health benefits. While we breathe in the fresh air, we breathe in phytoncides, airborne chemicals that plants give off to protect themselves from insects. Phytoncides have antibacterial and antifungal qualities which help plants fight disease. A few big, long deep breaths goes far to reset the brain, transporting oxygen to the cells in the body and the brain, allowing it repair anything that might be going haywire.

Studies have shown that simply spending a few minutes in nature can reduce blood pressure (the culprit of lots of disease processes) as well as reduce cortisol and adrenaline (the stuff that stresses you out).

More now than ever studies have shown just a few minutes unplugged and tuning in mentally (mindfulness) improves focus at work, test results at school and relationships with others.

And according to LiveStrong.com “Soaking in daylight for at least 15 minutes at the same time every day, particularly in the morning hours, helps your body shut off a snooze-inducing chemical called melatonin, according to an article in "Health" by the U.S. News & World Report. This will help your body develop a more stable night time and day time clock so you’re less likely to have trouble sleeping when the sun goes down.”

So here’s the challenge, each day spend some time outside- reflecting, decompressing, exercising... even if it’s simply getting out of your car to walk your kid to class or stopping by the park for a go on the swings, just make sure you do it with purpose, connect it with your personal growth and healing. Share a photo of your day, and an honest caption.

We are looking for honesty and authenticity, if you missed a day, it’s okay, share with us why.

At the end of the month we will select one person to join us at our January New Year – New You workshop free of charge!

Please make sure you use join our challenge on Instagram, we are inviting people to use the hashtags #beyoufindhappy and #letsstartnow

We will check in with you daily, and at the end of the month select one person who demonstrated a commitment to themselves and the challenge for the month. Here’s to getting a jump start on being your best self, and finding happiness!

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