Quarantine has been a roller coaster of emotions to say the least. We’ve been sheltering in place for what feels like forever, and while we’re happy to do it because we want everyone to be healthy, summertime is really making us want to be outside. Getting fresh air is not only good for our bodies but also our minds. Time spent in the fresh air has been shown to help you digest food more effectively, improve blood pressure and heart rate, strengthen the immune system, reduce obesity rates, and strengthen family ties, all leading to a healthier you.
So how can we get outside and get fresh air while also being mindful of social distancing? Here are a few ideas:
Take your workout outside. Do you normally take online workout classes or use a fitness app? If so, you are most likely setting up your mat inside your house. Try mixing it up by heading outside! Grab your phone or your laptop and head to your backyard or a nearby park (make sure to social distance).
Create a backyard oasis. Take your DIY projects to your backyard! Because we all have to stay home more than before, people have been turning their outdoor spaces into little oases where they can “escape.” Whether it’s sprucing up some old furniture, planting some new fun plants, or stringing up lights, step outside and see if you can visualize a place to create a little oasis for yourself.
Plan local day trips. Even with social distancing, there are plenty of day trips that you can do. You probably live within driving distance of an undiscovered hike, lake, beach, or historic town. Do some research, pack a lunch and picnic blanket, grab a friend, and head out for the day. Leaving your city can do wonders for refreshing your mind. Come Monday, you may even feel like you had a mini-vacay.
Traveling and being outside are what summer is all about. Hopefully, these ideas inspire you to get out and explore while still feeling safe.