The Power of Outdoor Breaks for Mind and Body with Sonya Dunbar


In the busyness of our daily lives in the dental world, it can be easy to get caught up in the chaos and forget to take a moment for ourselves. Amidst the appointments, procedures, and paperwork, it’s important to remember the importance of pausing, stepping outside, and soaking in some warm sun, especially for dental professionals.

As we approach spring, there’s no better time to prioritize taking breaks outdoors. The fresh air, the breeze, and the sunshine can soothe our souls and rejuvenate our spirits. It’s a simple yet powerful way to remedy stress and anxiety. 

When we immerse ourselves in nature, we give ourselves the gift of tranquility. The sights, sounds, and scents of the outdoors are a magical way to calm your mind and help you find inner peace. Whether you are strolling through the park, having a picnic in the countryside, or simply sitting on a bench and admiring the beauty around you, these moments of connection are invaluable for our well-being. 

Beyond just providing a temporary escape from our daily routines, spending time with nature can have long-term benefits. Research has shown that exposure to natural sunlight can boost our mood, enhance cognitive function, and even strengthen our immune system. The vitamin D that our bodies produce when exposed to sunlight plays a crucial role in regulating our mood and supporting our overall health. 

In addition, the act of soaking in the sunshine can be a powerful reminder to believe in ourselves and our abilities. Just as plants thrive and grow under the sun, we can also flourish and reach our full potential when we harness the power of nature. The sun can infuse us with energy and optimism empowering us to overcome obstacles and pursue our goals with new determination. 

In conclusion, as we embrace the spring season, let’s all make a conscious effort to incorporate outdoor breaks into our daily routines. Whether it’s a brief moment during our lunch break or weekend adventures in the great outdoors, let’s prioritize reconnecting with nature and embracing the countless benefits it has to offer.

About Sonya Dunbar

In the vast landscape of the dental industry, where precision meets compassion, Sonya Dunbar emerges as a beacon of expertise, innovation, and advocacy. Affectionately known as the Geriatric Toothfairy, Sonya is not just a seasoned American dental hygienist; she is a TEDx speaker, international public figure, and a trailblazer in reshaping the narrative around oral health.

Sonya is a valued member of GoTu’s strategic advisor board. By leveraging her experience, GoTu is better able to equip the dental community with valuable skills and techniques that create happier people and more bountiful careers. Zen Zone with Sonya Dunbar is a monthly installment distributed across GoTu’s social channels with the goal of helping dental professionals navigate difficult situations with patients, colleagues, and work life balance.