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Get Outside!

By: Alexandra Ortiz

photo by Alexandra Ortiz

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and we all know what that means. It’s almost summertime! It’s time for us all to take a break from technology and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, so let’s discuss some benefits of spending time outdoors!

Throughout the years, we’ve become increasingly connected to our electronic devices. I know I am guilty of wasting countless beautiful days filled with rays of sunshine in my room, under the covers, scrolling through TikTok. However, it is so important for us to take advantage of the beautiful world around us, we can’t take this for granted because there is no guarantee things will look like this five, ten, or twenty years from now. 

Countless studies have been done on the benefits of spending time outdoors and in nature, but that information goes in one ear and out the other. It is simply easier for us to find entertainment through our smartphones, it’s instant gratification. But what is it that we can’t we get from our phones? Is it the vitamin D we get from hanging out with our friends under the sun, the decreased stress levels, or maybe, do you think, a boosted immune system? That was a trick question, of course, the answer is all of the above! There are so many people that are spreading the word about the positive effects of spending time outdoors. New York Institute of Technology Psychology Professor, Franca Foligatti said, “If we do not intentionally recognize that we are part of nature, we face the possibility of losing our balance and trust in life on this planet. As long as I am alive, my choice will be to unconditionally love my bond with nature as an integral part of my love for myself, others, and life.” 

It is incredibly important that we take advantage of the nature around us because as I said, it might not be here forever. Get outside and soak up those rays of sunshine! Plan a beach trip with friends, have a picnic in Central Park, or just go for a jog. What outdoor activities will you be doing this summer? Join the conversation on the Globe’s instagram!

Photo cap- New York City’s Central Park, an oasis outside our campus. 

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