forest bathing

You might be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t stressed out in 2020. We’re all feeling anxious about everything that is happening this year. The good news is that years of research into stress, anxiety, and depression have produced some promising findings that hold potential to help us through this challenging year. And one thing that many of us have already discovered is that spending time outdoors can change our perspectives, soothe stress, and help us feel more centered and relaxed.

Even just a few minutes of outdoor time can work wonders for your mood. Of course, if you’re convincing a family to go along, you need ideas more compelling than simply sitting in the backyard. Try these outdoor activities to get your family motivated to spend more time outside.

  • Take a hike
  • Find a hidden swimming hole
  • Go for a scenic drive
  • Take off your shoes and feel the grass under your feet
  • Pack a picnic
  • Hold a dance party in the backyard (respecting limits on gatherings, of course)
  • Meditate outdoors (with or without music or guided meditation)
  • Practice yoga
  • Try Tai Chi
  • Start a photography hobby (photographing flowers or mushrooms can be oddly satisfying)
  • Enjoy a change of pace while reading or studying
  • Go camping
  • Cook a meal together (on the grill or a simple campfire)
  • Plant a garden
  • Walk a pet
  • Gather and identify leaves or wildflowers
  • Swing (the action of swinging is soothing, too)
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Fly a kite
  • Watch the sunset or sunrise
  • Look for stars and identify constellations
  • Start a list of National Parks and sights you want to see, and plan your first trip now

These are just some ideas, but you can probably think of even more. Try to get outdoors at least once every day, even if you just perform a mundane, routine task. Vitamin D is good for your immune system, and the fresh air and sunlight will boost your mood. Give us a call if you have thoughts about renovating your outdoor space, and we can help you make it even more inviting.

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