Climate change, political unrest, technological innovation, and a pandemic have transformed the world in the last decade at a pace that is unlike any other time in history. Much of the world is forced to work at home to lower the risk of spreading the deadly virus. Almost every interaction and transaction today is conducted online, from job interviews to medical appointments to company meetings.

Mental health is an escalating concern, as adjustments to the new normal have been hard for many to deal with. Depression and anxiety have risen, and worse than that, mental healthcare isn’t always accessible to people and hospitals lack the capacity to serve everyone who is in need of care. Mental health is important, and it should not be ignored. Mental health challenges can be triggered by multiple factors; in the current state of the world, the pandemic has given rise to fear, economic uncertainty, domestic abuse, isolation, and so many more issues. In addition, people spending less time outdoors while staying inside their homes all day, relying upon on-screen interactions, which is not healthy at all. Social media is only a temporary distraction from the reality of day-to-day life: a coping mechanism that can only worsen mental health situations. 

However, there are solutions to being stuck at home, such as spending more time outdoors in one’s backyard with an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen has several benefits; cooking outdoors can improve mental health wellness

Increased Sun Exposure

Any outdoor activity, not just cooking, is likely to offer far more sun exposure than staying indoors. Sun exposure is proven to improve your mood and elevate serotonin levels. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and sun protection to mitigate the risk of sunburns and skin cancer.

Quality Family Time

Why should cooking outside be limited to the weekend barbeque? Cooking food with an outdoor kitchen with the family is a great bonding experience. Cooking and eating are some of the most common activities for socializing. However, given the importance of social distancing, outdoor interactions are safer than indoor socializing.

Practice and Improve Your Cooking Skills

If you are craving a dish from your favorite restaurant, why not try to make it at home? Not only will you be able to enjoy that dish more often, but you will also save money. Having a dream kitchen at home can be the best motivation to learn how to cook your favorite meals and enjoy them at home. 

Man wearing casual clothes exploring outdoor kitchen with fireplace and sink together with cute toddler kid in backyard near white stone fence during daytime at countryside
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Hire a Professional Landscaper

Wondering about the installation process for California outdoor kitchens? We highly recommend working with a landscaping company that specializes in designing and building outdoor kitchens. Torrey Pines Landscaping has decades of expertise, with highly skilled architects, designers, and contractors to bring your dream kitchen to life, saving you the time and headache of DIY. If you are looking for the best landscape design in San Diego, given Torrey Pines Landscaping a call today.

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5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121, United States