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    Bye Bye Mental Overload: Nature as the Perfect Mood Booster for Parents

    28.05.2024 12:15

    In today's fast-paced world, stress is a constant companion for many parents. Juggling family, work, and household chores often makes it difficult to meet one's own needs, which can even lead to burnout and mental health issues. In this blog post, you'll learn how to benefit your mental and physical health while also doing something good for your family.


    The Healing Power of Nature

    Numerous studies show that spending time in nature can significantly reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being. Being outdoors, surrounded by greenery and fresh air, helps lower cortisol levels, the stress hormone. For parents who have to complete a variety of tasks daily while keeping an eye on their children's needs, even a short walk in the park can provide a much-needed mental break.


    Exercise and Mental Health

    Exercising outside promotes physical health, which in turn influences mental well-being. Hiking, walking, jogging, or cycling release endorphins in the body, natural mood lifters. For parents, it's a great idea to engage in outdoor activities to reduce stress.


    Outdoor Time = Family Time

    And how do parents make time to spend in nature? They don't have to – the kids just come along. Spending time together in nature not only reduces stress for everyone involved but also provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen family bonds and the sense of togetherness. Whether it's a hike, picnic, or walk to the playground, the shared time creates lasting memories and allows parents and children to relax and enjoy time together, away from screens and daily tasks.


    The Benefits of Sunlight

    Exposure to sunlight is another important advantage of outdoor activities. Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, which plays a crucial role in regulating mood and mental health. A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of depression. A family outing in good weather is therefore a simple but effective way to improve the mood and energy levels of the whole family. But don't forget sunscreen ;-)


    Tips for Relaxing Family Outings

    Here are a few tips to make your family outings a success.

    1. Start small: Begin with short, manageable outdoor activities, such as a 30-minute hike without much elevation or a trip to a lake. Explore parks or nature trails nearby or discover a new playground. And don't forget: you have to make the return trip ;-)

    2. Planning is everything: Schedule regular times for your family outings, such as every weekend or once a month. Whatever fits your family's schedule.

    3. Exchange with other parents: Get tips from other parents: Which destinations are suitable for your children's age or interests? Share your experiences, for example in forums or Facebook groups.

    4. Involve the kids: Let your children have a say in planning outdoor activities to increase their willingness and motivation. What are they particularly interested in right now? 

    5. The destination is the goal: Choose a destination. Whether it's a great adventure playground, an animal park, a lake for swimming, or a particularly delicious ice cream parlor – you know your kids best and know which destination will keep them engaged.

    6. Baby carrier rather than stroller: The most beautiful paths with the best scenery will be off paved roads. So, when in doubt: baby carrier instead of stroller. You'll navigate easily over rough terrain, save space in the car, and have your hands free for older siblings. Not only are babies well looked after in a carrier, but young walkers also need a break now and then and enjoy being carried for a while. When you carry on your back, your child's weight is optimally distributed, and you can better see uneven ground.

    7. Flexibility instead of stress: Keeping to a schedule with children is stressful enough in everyday life. For relaxed family outings, the rule is: we arrive when we arrive – and if it's a bit later because they absolutely have to build a stone tower along the way, then so be it.

    8. Weather & sun protection: No weather forecast is absolutely reliable. So always be prepared for changing weather conditions. This includes proper sun protection as well as protection from wind, cold, and rain. A babywearing jacket not only protects your baby but also you, whether you carry your baby on your front or back. Babywearing jackets are available not just for moms but also for dads. Looking for an alternative that only covers your baby in the carrier while you don't wear an extra layer? Then a babywearing cover is the right choice for you. Discover the entire mamalila outdoor collection here.


    Time spent outdoors is not only valuable and healthy for stressed parents, but it also promotes family cohesion and the well-being of children. Activities in nature provide a break from everyday life and are a balm for the physical and mental health of the whole family, contributing to a more balanced, happier family life. So don't wait any longer – pack your things and head out for your first little family adventure in the great outdoors.


    1. Stanford University Studie über Natur und mentale Gesundheit
    2. American Psychological Association über Bewegung und mentale Gesundheit
    3. Journal of Affective Disorders über Vitamin D und Depression

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