There is no arguing that Taiwan and its residents have been blessed a thousand times over for the management of the Coronavirus Pandemic that is keeping, or has kept, much of the world bunkered down inside for weeks and months. We’ve been able to get send our children to school, keep our businesses open and retain a great portion of ‘normal life’.

While these daily routines have keep our bodies busy, there is no understating the impact this pandemic has on our mental health and wellbeing. Our hopes, concerns and thoughts are with the billions of others on this planet who are

This is where the outdoors comes into play. Time outside and in nature has proven benefits for you body and your mind and we thought it would be a useful reminder to share some of these with you to

Here are 10 Articles (and a few extra resources) that aim to inspire you and sum up some of our thoughts on why you should get outside today, tomorrow and into the future, whether with Parkbus Taiwan on one of our upcoming events or on your own or with friends and family.

11 SCIENTIFIC REASONS YOU SHOULD BE SPENDING MORE TIME OUTSIDE

Tensed and stressed? Head for the trees. READ MORE AT BUSINESS INSIDER

10 REASONS WHY BEING OUTSIDE IS IMPORTANT

Getting outside can help you escape the stress of work or school. Stress can tear up a healthy mind and immune system. High levels of stress at work and school are associated with depression, obesity, and high blood pressure. READ MORE AT ASKTHESCIENTISTS.COM

CALL TO THE WILD: THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON NATURE

When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor. READ MORE AT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

WHY GOING OUTDOORS MAKES YOU SMARTER, STRONGER, AND MORE SPIRITUAL

Whether we’re in our homes, in our cars, or in our offices, we spend most of our days removed from nature—and it’s not good for us. READ MORE AT MICHAEL HYATT & CO.

THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE

Trees’ natural fragrance may also play a role, as some studies have shown that phytoncides lower blood pressure by quelling the body’s fight-or-flight response, which stresses the body. READ MORE AT TIME MAGAZINE

THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE FOR THE INTROVERTED MIND

Scientists have been curious about the effects of nature on humans for a long time. And their studies all point to the same conclusion: nature makes everyone feel at ease. READ MORE AT TRUITY

WHY KIDS NEED TO SPEND TIME IN NATURE

They may prefer to stick to their screens, but here’s why getting outdoors matters. READ MORE AT CHILD MIND INSTITUTE

HOW CAN NATURE BENEFIT MY MENTAL HEALTH?

We all have different experiences of nature, and different reasons for wanting to connect with it more – or feeling unsure about whether to try. READ MORE AT MIND FOR MENTAL HEALTH

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE OUTDOORS

Let’s talk about what some Vitamin N (nature) can do for your mental health! READ MORE AT ONTARIO PARK

HOW MUCH NATURE IS ENOUGH?

Researchers have now quantified the ideal amount of time needed to reap the health benefits of the great outdoors. READ MORE AT NEW YORK TIMES

Can’t Get Outside? Bring Nature To You!

7 APPS TO HELP YOU STAY CALM AND DE-STRESS

Looking for mental health resources during stressful times or more ideas on how to de-stress? READ MORE AT GEAR JUNKIE

GOOGLE LETS YOU EXPLORE U.S. NATIONAL PARKS VIA 360-DEGREE VIRTUAL TOURS

Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. READ MORE AT TECHCRUNCH

BOOKS, MOVIES, AND PODCASTS TO BRING THE OUTDOORS INTO YOUR HOME

Stay inspired with these adventure books, movies and podcasts that help bring the outdoors inside. READ MORE AT REI

If you think this kind of content, as well as the latest trip updates and announcements is something you’re interested in, join a growing community of like-minded adventurers in Taiwan by signing up to our newsletter.

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