Going out with friends

The importance of going out

Leaving the house once in a while has many benefits. It can help to fight mental illnesses like depression. This is because going out initiates new experiences and exercise. If you go hiking, you are exercising and you are gaining memorable experiences with the outdoors. Experiences like this can help to release stress and tension. In addition, doing something simple like going on a shopping spree can prompt lots of walking. Walking releases endorphins which act as a natural painkiller. Overall, going out introduces you to new experiences which can increase serotonin levels.

Hanging out or going out

Hanging out with friends just means that you are spending time with them. Going out means that you are spending time with them out. For example, if you are at home and eating pizza with your friends, you are hanging out with them. If you are at a town fair with your friends, you've gone out with them. Either way, you are still hanging out with them. The term going out just refers to going to a public area.

What to do

Here are some ideas on what to do when you want to go out with friends

  • Go to the park

  • Go to a concert

  • Have a picnic

  • Visit a museum

  • Go to a coffee shop and try something new

  • Paint/Draw pictures outside

  • Go to the beach

  • Just go walking around the city/neighborhood

  • Eat at a restaurant

There are lots of things you can do with friends, and you can also do them yourself as well! Going out initiates new experiences, so go out and try something new!

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