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155: How to Use Light to Deal with the Winter Blues (Dr. Michael Terman)

Humans Outside

Release Date: 11/04/2021

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Humans Outside

One of the things that can hold people -- adults, kids, families and otherwise -- back from purposefully spending time outside is the idea that “nature” looks like something other than what is right outside their front door. If it doesn’t look like a National Park, does it really count as “nature?” The truth, of course, is that “nature” is whatever is in the fresh air right outside your front door. But can you help yourself and your family see, appreciate and enjoy that, especially when you think parts of it -- bugs, weather, etc. -- are things you really don’t like? Today’s...

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Humans Outside

Outside is outside, but sometimes it’s more nature-rich than others. Does that matter? In this episode of the Humans Outside Outdoor Diary Amy contemplates where her family just spent a week of vacation, and why its decided lack of nature-scapes was totally fine.   Connect with this episode: Some of the good stuff: [:26] Is all outside time created equally? [1:29] Amy’s actual vacation [3:07] Different types of nature [4:45] Taking nature as we find it [5:29] Where to find Humans Outside Find full show notes at Join the Humans Outside Challenge: and share your outdoor life with...

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173: Outside After Dark: Why and How to Try Stargazing (Vicky Derksen) show art 173: Outside After Dark: Why and How to Try Stargazing (Vicky Derksen)

Humans Outside

When we talk about going outside every day, we usually mean in the daytime. But what if heading outside after dark for a little stargazing is just the boost your outdoor habit needs? Vicky Derksen, host of the Night Sky Tourist podcast and a stargazing enthusiast joined us for this episode to talk about something almost completely new to Amy: stargazing. With tips and tricks for how to get into the hobby, this really informative episode is the perfect gateway to helping would-be starwatches step outside at night a little night sky viewing. Connect with this episode: Check out Night Sky...

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172 Outdoor Diary: How to Go Outside When the Weather is Really Bad show art 172 Outdoor Diary: How to Go Outside When the Weather is Really Bad

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It’s easy to head outside when the weather is great. It’s even easy to plan to be outside in future bad weather from a seat on a sunny, warm day. But what do you do when the weather rolls in and, suddenly, you’re faced with having to actually do it? A recent two-day wind storm with gusts up to 75 mph had Amy thinking about this very thing. So how do you make yourself go outside in bad weather? Here’s what she did. Connect with this episode: Some of the good stuff: [:26] Things seem easier when the sun is shining [1:30] Amy’s aversion to wind [2:48] An unprecedented wind and...

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171: How to Create an Outdoor Habit that Works for You (Sarah Hays Coomer) show art 171: How to Create an Outdoor Habit that Works for You (Sarah Hays Coomer)

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It’s easy to know you want to make a change or even what kind of change you want to make. But how can you create a habit that actually works for you? How do you know the right actions to take to make that habit sustainable long term? The answer might just be found in mindfulness and knowing enough about who you are and what you need. That understanding can establish a habit that works for you, says our guest, Sarah Hays Coomer. Sarah is Humans Outside’s unofficial very own habit expert who authored the book The Habit Trip, A Fill-in-the Blank Journey to a Life on Purpose. She’s also a...

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The New Year offers a natural starting point for launching a new challenge -- and has Amy reflecting on all the ways heading outside daily has changed her life. Now registering for the Humans Outside 365 Challenge can offer you a dose of extra motivation to make it happen. Connect with this episode: Some of the good stuff: [:27] Outdoor memories [:54] How Amy has changed from her time outside [3:10] Why getting outside is tough [3:39] Humans Outside Challenge kits [4:28] Where to find Humans Outside Find full show notes at Join the Humans Outside Challenge: and share your outdoor life...

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169 Best Of: Here's Exactly How to Build an Outdoor Habit (Sarah Hays Coomer) show art 169 Best Of: Here's Exactly How to Build an Outdoor Habit (Sarah Hays Coomer)

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Almost ready for the new year? If you’re itching to kick-off a new habit -- maybe one of going outside every day -- or re-energize an old one, you need help from habit expert Sarah Hays Coomer. Sarah Hays Coomer has written a new book about keeping habits. Hear Sarah talk in this “best of” episode about the how of building a habit and the power of figuring out what you need, where it fits in your life, how to keep it going and the power of nature in all of that. Some of the good stuff: [2:22] Sarah Hays Coomer’s favorite outdoor space [3:23] How Sarah first connected with the outdoors...

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168 Outdoor Diary: The Light Is Brightest When the Darkness is Greatest show art 168 Outdoor Diary: The Light Is Brightest When the Darkness is Greatest

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It’s the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean light can’t be found. In fact, the light is easier to find in times of darkness than any other time. In this Outdoor Diary Amy explores how that is literally and figuratively true for her. Connect with this episode:

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So you want to create and keep a daily nature habit. You love being outside -- or at least enough to know that it’s something you crave more of. And now you’re looking for the inspiration, push, accountability and help to get out there every day. Season 5 of Humans Outside is coming soon to help you in your journey with a focus on understanding, using and loving nearby nature. Don’t miss it!

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167 Best Of: How Heading Outside Helps You Love Where You Live (Melody Warnick) show art 167 Best Of: How Heading Outside Helps You Love Where You Live (Melody Warnick)

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If you’ve ever heard me talk about my small town here in Alaska, Palmer, you know that I don’t just like where I live, I love it. And a lot of that is because of my outdoor practice. When we moved here in 2016 I had never experienced anything even close to the weather, darkness, or other extreme wilds of Alaska. After a year here I had some friends through our CrossFit gym, but I still felt like something was missing. I wanted to know more about where we lived and be connected to it, but I wasn’t sure how to make that happen. But when I started my year outside, I looked to community...

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It’s a familiar feeling for many of us over the winter months: the light fades, the darker days settle in and your mood dips. It can feel hard to get outside and hard to do really anything. Motivating yourself off the couch becomes an even bigger challenge than normal.

But there’s steps you can take to counter those feelings. In this episode Dr. Michael Terman, an expert in treating seasonal depression with light therapy, shares his best tips and findings for getting through the winter months with your mood and sanity intact.

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