It’s so easy to get into the slump. You know the one – Netflix and chill with your bae while lazing on the couch eating enough chips and hummus until you fall asleep from a food coma. ‘One more episode, one more lightly salted chip dipped in that chickpea goodness,’ you say to yourself. That’s never the case though. Twelve hours later and you’ve watched an entire series of Game of Thrones, your fingers could deep fry potato wedges and you’ve wasted half your weekend. Oops, right? If you’re someone who has been personally victimised by this cycle, you’re not alone. With such a busy pace of life that’s drenched in technology and social media, it’s important to take a step back from the television, the phones and all the streaming devices. Here are five reasons why you should disconnect the tv and connect with the outdoors instead. LESS STRESS Day to day life got you stressed? The sound of a new email coming through make your heart sink a little? Whether it’s work or home stress, heading outdoors can actually help clear that cloudy mind of yours. You don’t need to run a marathon. By simply getting amongst nature, you’re able to decrease stress and anxiety with a casual stroll on the beach or a meditation sesh in the park. Sometimes all you need is a mental boost and the best way to do this is to get outside and absorb all the natural goodness that’s around you. Way better for you than a stuffy room! RECHARGE, REJUVENATE Your body needs to recharge more than ever these days. Work is no longer just a 9-5, and when you throw in cooking meals, cleaning the house, exercising and trying to maintain a decent social life.. wow! How is there any time left to recharge your batteries? There is this huge hype to keep doing, keep doing, keep doing. We live in an age where having a million things on your list is never enough – you almost need to be constantly busy or stressed. Being super productive is great, but your mind and body really need time to recharge and rejuvenate so you don’t experience a burnout or exhaustion. Heading outdoors is the perfect remedy to feeling refreshed and actually makes you healthier. It’s scientifically proven that spending more time outdoors is better for your sleep, vision, metabolism, creativity and memory. It even helps with blood pressure issues and your sense of well being! The benefits really are endless. ADVENTURE TRAVEL IS SO IN Everybody is getting on (snow)board with adventure travel! This doesn’t necessarily mean outdoor sports, but somewhat an activity that consists of elements like travel, nature and culture. Almost everyone has taken part in some form of adventure travel. That camping trip you took in Canada, the week long hike in Peru , the ski lessons in Japan – these all fall under the adventure travel umbrella. Getting outdoors and enjoying adventure travel is beneficial for more than one reason. Not only are you ditching the tech, but you’re immersing yourself into a new culture that is exciting and fresh. It doesn’t even have to be overseas, you can experience adventure in your own country by exploring new mountains, beaches, slopes and national parks. There are no restrictions to adventure travel. It can be packed with adrenaline like bungee jumping or skydiving, or more relaxed like snorkeling or scuba diving. The best thing about it is that you’re connecting with more than nature, but a cultural experience that will remind you that there is more to life than social media and tv. PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS Guess what..going outdoors is actually really good for your physical health. #mindblown By heading outside, maybe doing a cheeky workout and getting some fresh air, your body will thank you. Have you heard of thing called vitamin D? Yeah, you’re body kinda needs it to be healthy. A way to get some vitamin D is by heading out into the sunshine and letting those rays onto your beautiful, bare skin. Depending on where you’re located in the world, the colour of your skin and the time of day, the amount of vitamin D you’ll get will vary. Usually a small ten to twenty minutes will help, and you’ll instantly feel a difference. It can even help with things like depression, healthy bones and reduced risks of getting sick. Sorry to state the obvious, but exercising outdoors is also super beneficial. Whether it’s outdoor sports like rock climbing or surfing, or a bootcamp session down at the park, you’re bound to get the endorphins pumping if you do any kind of exercise. The more endorphins you release, the happy you feel and the calmer your mind will be. Also known as ‘runners high’, exercising will get those feel good vibes flowing all through your body! RELATIONSHIP BUILDING Though the lazy snuggle on the couch with your loved one is cute and comfy, it’s actually really good for a relationship to do things outdoors. Not just with your partner, but friends, family and work friends can create incredible bonds through things like a hike, beach day or even an alfresco wine and dine. So pretty much what we’re saying is that it’s totally healthy to have a Sunday sangria sesh! Whether you’re heading out for a run, packing your bag to go on an adrenaline filled adventure or simply meeting some mates for a couple beers at a rooftop bar, it’s important to spend more time outdoors. We’re so consumed by technology that it’s become so easy to lose ourselves in emails, social media scrolling and television programs. Next time you’re about to get cozy on the couch with a big ol’ bag of potato chips, get up and head outside instead. The emails will still be sitting in your inbox, the pictures of your friends baby will still be on the ‘gram, and the incestual romance in Game of Thrones will all be waiting for you. Unplug, reconnect with nature and disconnect with the devices. It’ll be the best thing you do for your mind, body and soul. Ashley Nair Ashley Nair is a Sydney based writer who edits words for Scripted Laces. When she isn’t traveling the world searching for those Eat, Pray, Love vibes, you can find her knocking back a few pints at a local gig.