I noticed a lot of my fellow millennial peers, and sometimes myself, shirk any remote chance of having an adventure in favor of staying inside. I realized that is bullsh!t. People are already building up walls for themselves through phone addiction, anxiety, and being lazy. We don’t need to check off the preference “always wants to stay inside.” But I understand.
Humans aren’t meant to spend the majority of our days inside. We need shelter for survival and to store things we like. Humans have been shown to get depressed and anxious when indoors for so long. It is a pitfall for happiness. If so, why are people choosing to rush to isolate themselves?
On the bright side you can do whatever you want inside your home. You could cook an extravagant meal. Paint a 5ft x 5ft painting. Do an at-home workout. Read that book that has been collecting dust. But really, most people collapse on the couch and watch TV. This is after work. Before work. On the weekends. People are missing out on real life. And you have to make life happen the majority of the time.
The risks of too much time indoors are:
- Little exercise
- Less vitamin D
- Too much TV/social media = depression
- Obsessive thinking
- Isolation from loved ones
Do you recognize any of these?
Last year I wasted my summer break from being cooped up in my apartment because of social anxiety. Besides working the midnight shift, I never left the house more than once week. I missed out on so much, which I have no excuses for. But what makes me mad is that I convinced myself that I will still have an enriching, interesting life. Well, I was wrong.
The longer I stayed inside, the more nervous I became of leaving the house. Thus, I got even more miserable. It doesn’t take social anxiety for this to happen. If you spend all your time inside, one day it will probably be hard for you to leave too. Don’t be a wimp like I was.
Inside your apartment, reality is almost warped. Everything is to your own low standards if you don’t know otherwise. Spending time out in the world forces us to experience new activities, also gives us feedback on how we are thriving in life. Without those experiences, we become the socially awkward generation that tries to pretend our awkwardness is cute, but it is really just our own incapability. We also are becoming a very unhappy group of people.
Going outside and having new experiences jumpstarts ourselves. Spending just 45 minutes outdoors can help our mood, circadian rhythm, and our overall energy levels. That can just be running errands, Or it can be planning out a solo picnic at the park with your dog. You have the choice to make it as cool as you want it to be.