Take a Break

Look Out a Window. Look Up. Right Now.

Last updated: Oct 19, 2011

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No time to relax? Try something as simple as stepping outside and looking up at the sky. A considerable body of research extols the health benefits of being in the outdoors, including easing stress and lowering blood pressure. Some psychologists believe that you can give yourself a small dose of this relaxation by skygazing "“ watching the clouds, sunrise or sunset, or night stars. The skyscape is ever-changing and never boring, even on a cloudy day. Watching the sky for even a few minutes can be meditative "“ and even better if it compels you to stroll outside and soak up some valuable vitamin D, too.

-- Paula Spencer Scott