If the state of things has taught us anything, it’s that life is what you make it – and the summertime bears no exception. Though this year might be a little different, it’s a perfect opportunity for us to learn to indulge in life’s little luxuries. Whether that be getting active in the park or sinking your feet into the sand, there are many opportunities to improve your summer, even while socially distancing. The best part? Making the most of right now will give you many warm memories to look back on. This quick list is a start.
Join an outdoor fitness class
All the rage in this day and age, an outdoor fitness class is a great way to take your workout into the sunshine (while staying 2 feet apart). We all know the physical benefits of regular exercises, but did you know that just 30 minutes of cardio a day can have a significant impact on your mental health? Pair that with what getting outside can do for your sleep, focus and immunity and we’ve got a win-win situation!
Picnic in the park
Summer and picnic should be one and the same, especially when the food is good. This season brings new crops to the stage, giving you the opportunity to include more fresh veggies in light and delicious ways. Plus! You get to share a meal with people you love. Short on menu inspo? Bring these to the cookout to secure a standing invite.
Walk barefoot on the grass or sand
Feeling a little detached? You’re not alone. Isolation, while necessary in times like these, can evoke feelings of loneliness and seclusion. It may seem like little can be done to change the feeling, but it turns out: you’re wrong. Research has shown that the act of grounding, otherwise known as earthing, can help. It reports that human evolution is derived from our direct connection with the Earth’s subtle electric charge, much of which has been lost through the introduction of modern housing and architecture. The return has come in vogue as it is speculated that barefooted contact with the earth can improve your quality of sleep, reduce chronic pain and lower stress overall. So, the next time you feel a little down, take your talents to the nearest beach or grassy area for an instant connection back to Mother Nature.
It’s important to be conscious of your form, but walking barefoot can provide so many benefits.
Find a nook and read a book!
Neuroscientists have identified the direct impacts, both long and short term, of reading novels, and as it turns out, it can reshape your brain’s chemistry! Though most readers might lean that way for escape alone, they can also count on improved brain connectivity and function. Research has also shown that the ability to get into a good book gives its reader a vaster imagination, better recall and a deeper aptness to empathy. Pair that with the great outdoors and you’ve got a recipe for the books!
Take your work outside
DYK that green and blue have been studied as colours that improve both focus and productivity? Guess it’s lucky that the outdoors are rife with this colouring! For an instant boost (and a plausible excuse to be in the sun), take your day outside. This one is easy. Simply set up a comfortable workspace and watch the world around you set your imagination on fire.
Explore your own backyard
There is much to be said about tending to your own garden. If getting down and dirty into your own soil sounds like hard work to you, that’s because it is – but the benefits are blooming brilliant (see what we did there ?). Carve some specific time out to assess your needs, and if you’re new to this, start small! A green thumb can’t be cultivated in a day. Ready to go? Here are some easy tips to take with you to the greenhouse:
Location, location, location!
Make sure to put your garden where you can see it so you can easily keep track of its needs.
Find the sun
Make sure you place your plants where they can get ample light. This rings especially true when it comes to edible plants as they will need at least 6 hours a day to thrive.
Start with great soil
Your soil should be nutrient-rich and well drained.
A green thumb can’t be cultivated in a day
So take your time and be patient with yourself <3.