Mother Nature. The Great Outdoors. The Vast Unknown.

Whatever you call it, we're all surrounded by it. We're surrounded by towering evergreens, pristine pools of water, sandy beaches, and an infinite number of other beautiful puzzle pieces that create the amazing nature that envelopes us. However, because we are so used to being able to walk out our front door and see these things, we seldom appreciate the splendor that nature can bring to us. Not only is the wildlife surrounding us breathtaking, but it allows you the opportunity to reflect within yourself and improve your overall well-being. After all, it is called Mother Nature. What mother wouldn't want you to be happy and healthy?

1. Going outside can help you restore your mental energy and mental health.

There's nothing like a little bit of sunshine to boost your mood and bring the light back into your life again.

2. Taking in the fresh, clean air can help reduce your stress level.

Adult coloring books don't do anything in comparison to birds chirping and feeling a warm breeze across your face.

3. Visiting different environments can help spark your imagination and creativity.

Stumped on what to write your next Odyssey article on? Sit outside. You'll be amazed as to what your mind can begin to create.

4. Nature can help you develop a stronger sense of self.

The outdoors can make you think about yourself in ways you never imagined to be possible. Allow it to happen, don't be afraid.

5. Allowing yourself to come into contact with nature helps you feel more connected to the Earth.

There's nothing more peaceful and serene than becoming in sync with the wildlife around you.

So, go ahead. Get out there. There's a whole world out there waiting to be discovered, enjoyed, and appreciated by you. There's thousands upon thousands of miles for you to explore, don't take it for granted. Allow yourself to benefit from the beauty surrounding us.