Spring has finally arrived. With the rebirth of grass and flowers, people are eager to renew, rejuvenate, and get outside. While the rules of social detachment still exist, you still can’t plan a summer beach vacation.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t mean you still can’t be outside. Doing so can refresh your spirit and restore your sense of connection to the world outside your door. Here are six ideas from which you can reap the benefits of connecting with nature and breathing fresh air, even if you think that social distance will keep you working together.
1. Improve your outdoor space
If you have a backyard, now is the ideal time to refresh the patio, add features to the garden, or install a new area such as an outdoor kitchen. You can also expand the space. Turn a small balcony into an outdoor yoga space or craft space. Even if you don’t have enough money to spend on outdoor decor, consider the following ideas:
Build a custom fire pit: sit outside at night and admire the stars. You can use some simple stones and sand to make your own fire pit – ship them from the hardware store.
Create a tavern corner: You may only have a small side porch. Can you bring bistro cutlery and send yourself to a cafe in Paris? Your breakfast will be more luxurious.
2. Let your body move out
You may be thinking, “I can’t plan on walking the coast. Why not prepare my body to wear a bikini?” But besides design, exercise has many other benefits.
They can improve your digestion and help you sleep better, which can be challenging if you spend a lot of time indoors. Exercise can also help you look younger, as fitness affects your DNA and slows down aging. Plus, the change of scenery alone is enough to give you a clear field of vision.
Walk around the block, stretch in the backyard, or do aerobics on the deck or porch. Either way, outdoor sports will lift your mood, improve your physical health, and stay energized.
3. Start or expand the garden
If you haven’t perfected your green fingers, why not use this time to grow something? You can create a garden without spending too much money. You can learn how to save seeds from organic produce to grow seedlings without going to the nursery. You can also build a small compost bin and reduce food waste by recycling the vegetable waste as organic fertilizer.
If you only have a porch or balcony, don’t be disappointed. You can grow container tomatoes or string some hanging leaves on the roof. Herbs grow well in hanging baskets, and you can cut the leaves or twigs to enhance the flavor of cooking.
4. Clean up the community
Unfortunately, the social distance rules currently temporarily limit the entire community’s cleaning up, but this doesn’t mean you can’t show enthusiasm for the community better. All you need are some garbage bags and a picker or grab to protect your hands. Look for chaotic places in the neighborhood or neighborhood, then start cleaning up the garbage. Who knows? Others may be inspired by your acts of kindness and act to help from a safe distance.
5. Cook outdoors
You may not be able to stop nearby gatherings and picnics at this point, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy seasonal meals outside.
Move the grill to the front yard, have a barbecue in the driveway, or pack your own picnic and enjoy it on the deck or porch. While you can’t share food, you can use apps like Nextdoor to remind others and enjoy the fun of safe socializing right across the street. This idea is a great way to reconnect with nature and neighbors.
6. Walking in nature
Unfortunately, if you want to raft through the Grand Canyon this summer, you will have to wait. Due to the pandemic, many popular outdoor tourist attractions are still closed. However, if there are wildlife reserves, parks, or other wilderness near you, go hiking.
In many cultures around the world, time spent in nature is considered a therapy – for a reason. A little outdoor activity can help reduce stress and depression. Researchers have identified the link between a connection to nature and improved mental health, so why not use it?
Connect with nature in an uncertain time and rediscover your own mind
While you may feel lonely during this time, you don’t have to stay indoors to watch summer go by. During this quiet period in your life, you can engage in some outdoor activities, stay in touch with nature, and reconnect with your mental health in the process.