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it social and involve friends or family
for an easy way to stay connected as
you relish your surroundings.
3. Soak up the sunlight. As we
head into spring, it's time to move
on from cozying up inside during the
darker, colder winter months. Take
advantage of the increasing daylight
and nature's health benefits by spending time outdoors. Even just a few
minutes in the sun can improve your
mood, help you get vitamin D and
enhance cognitive abilities like memory and problem-solving. Be sure to
practice sun safety, using sunscreen
or protective clothing, if you're going
to be outside for a while.
4. Meditate on nature's music.
Leave your electronics behind and
listen to the melodies nature has to
offer: babbling brooks, bird songs,
wind whistling through the trees
and the scurrying of unseen animals through the canopy. In the Scientific Reports article, titled " Mindwandering and alterations to default mode network connectivity
when listening to naturalistic versus artificial sounds, " researchers suggest nature's music is a lot
more relaxing than honking horns
and text message alerts. And, it
offers the opportunity to practice
meditative mindfulness in tranquil
surroundings. To learn how to
meditate or teach others about its
benefits, the American Heart Association and Aramark offer resources to help you get started.
It's great to move more and get
outside, but don't forget the benefits of simply relaxing and paying
attention to your natural surroundings. With warmer months ahead,
start finding small ways you and
your family can get more time
outdoors. If you're interested in
sharing these tips and more with

your community, visit heart.org/
HealthyForLife.
To see a list of detailed references
for this article, visit nrpa.org/Back
ToNature.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is Director of Women's
Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness at Mount
Sinai Heart; Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
and American Heart Association; and Expert for the
American Heart Association (suzanne.steinbaum@
mountsinai.org).

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