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Recognize that sound? It is your alarm going off in the morning, rousing you extra early so you can beat the traffic to school and work. It’s just one facet of urban life that you and your family deal with on a daily basis. Talk about stress!. If you are growing tired of it, and other meddlesome metropolitan woes, you may want to consider moving to a place that can offer you and your family more tranquility -- and with that, more time and opportunities to have fun together outdoors.

In this vast digital age, more people have the ability to work from home, therefore opening the doors to live most anywhere. Take advantage of that fact. It’s incredibly good for your health. Here’s why:

Relieves stress

Yes, we already mentioned this one, but it’s worth mentioning again. Growing up surrounded by nature (trees, flowers, lakes and streams) has more benefits than simply being beautiful. A study published by the Environment and Behavior discovered that kids that were exposed to high levels of “nearby nature” had lower stress levels than kids without. It also found it had profound, positive effects on parents well-being -- a win-win for the whole family.

Boosts concentration

If you or your kids have symptoms of ADD or ADHD, nature can help. A study by the Journal of Attention Disorders discovered that just 20 minutes in a park-like setting can significantly enhance attention, especially for those that struggle with concentration. It’s a much safer and less expensive alternative to medications. Hey, it worked for Ansel Adams. Now imagine if you lived in a beautiful, resort-like setting all the time! Increased opportunities to get outside and be active together would do wonders for the entire family.

Increases coordination

Families who surround themselves in a natural environment, particularly woodlands, lakes and green spaces are more apt to boost their coordination. These types of environments offer hiking, boating, golfing and other outdoor pursuits that can boost motor coordination skills. In fact, a Norwegian study found that kids in particular improved their balance, agility and dexterity as a result of playing on nature’s uneven topography. What will help make that happen? Ready access to a multitude of fun, outdoor amenities that the whole family can enjoy together.

Improves self-discipline

Both adults and children deal with anxiety and stress constantly. It results in decision fatigue for both young and old, making it tough to avoid things like that extra helping of dessert (or worse). Research has shown that both views of, and being active in a beautiful natural environment can help people to avoid impulsive behaviors. It also found that both kids and adults were able to make more thoughtful decisions and be more considerate of long-term rewards.

It’s obvious that living at a place that provides daily doses of fun in nature can do wonders for families. Harbor Club at Lake Oconee is a community that prides itself on resort-like living in a gorgeous environment where both woods and green space abound. Factor in the lake, and you’ve got plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Walking, hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, golfing, tennis and so much more can be found here. Why not bring the family and come experience it for yourself? We’d love to show you around. Discover Harbor Club today.