Saturday, 13 August 2016

Question of the Week (13 August 2016)

Question: Please share your opinion on the psychological benefits that spending in the outdoors can give to - babies, toddler, children and the family.

For children, even at an infant stage, playing is the main way of which they learn social interactions and other skills necessary for normal development. Outdoor activities are an important aspect of play. Outdoor activities allow for the possibility of playing in a large group and enhances the child's social skills and ability to work in a team. Ability to work and to get along with others is a crucial predictor or success in the future. Playing together also enhances the relationships of the family.

Outdoor activities also helps by allowing the child to use the whole of his body during play and this trains coordination, balance and spatial sense. Acquiring these skills and becoming physically stronger and healthier from sports and outdoor activities help a child feel more confident and increases his overall sense of wellbeing.

Getting sunshine outdoors is beneficial too. Getting adequate sunshine helps to regulate the circadian rhythm of our body and allows for better sleep at night and wakefulness in the day. Sunshine is also a natural antidepressant and brings about a positive mindset. Just be sure to drink adequate amount of water and put on your sunblock!