Patios, decks, and other outdoor living spaces provide places to entertain guests or relax with a book and a cup of coffee while enjoying some sunshine. While you might think the rejuvenation you feel from getting fresh air is all in your head, there is scientific backing to the idea. The guide below explores some reasons you should make a habit of spending more time in your yard.

Can Outdoor Living Spaces Improve Health?

1. Get Vitamin D

Sunlight helps the body make vitamin D, which assists with the calcium absorption necessary for building strong bones. This essential nutrient may prevent osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. Make sure you get an adequate amount of vitamin D by spending about 10 to 15 minutes outside a few times per week on sunny days.

2. Improve Concentration

If you have trouble focusing on work or your kids struggle to concentrate on homework, taking a walk in the backyard may help. The chance to focus on something other than your current project can reset your thinking. For example, studies suggest that children who have ADHD diagnoses may experience improved concentration after strolling through natural areas. In addition to planting gorgeous foliage, installing pathways through the lawn and landscaping can give you the perfect way to enjoy nature and reset your attention span. 

3. Feel Happier

Sunlight causes the body to release serotonin, which is the hormone that generates feelings of happiness. Kicking back in your outdoor living spaces on sunny days can make you feel more joyful while reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Incentivize spending more time in the yard by installing a paver patio or pergola with lounge seating or building an outdoor kitchen for cooking and dining al fresco. 

4. Heal Quicker

Studies show that exposure to sunlight can reduce pain, decrease medication use, and promote recovery after surgery. If you or someone in your family has had a recent operation or injury, spending time in the backyard can potentially accelerate healing.


Enjoy the health benefits of spending time outdoors by upgrading your backyard with help from Dreamscapes. This Lincoln, NE, contractor specializes in building hardscapes, including paver patios, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and retaining walls. Call (402) 421-7496 to get started on a design for your outdoor living spaces. Visit the website to see photos of some of their completed projects.