COVID-19 has held the world captive for nearly four months now. But slowly, we are starting to see our towns, cities, and communities reopen.
Many of us are breathing a sigh of relief. The past months have felt like a marathon. It’s an exercise in patience and mental strength without a finish line in sight. But the race isn’t over just yet.
As the COVID safety restrictions ease, we still have to take care of ourselves. That means protecting ourselves against the virus and keeping our bodies and minds fit and healthy.
With so many resources for physical and mental stimulation closed down, our best option is to spend time outdoors, being mindful, of course, that precautions must still be taken.
The Benefits of Outdoor Activities
Being outdoors is a great opportunity for exercise, and sunshine is a good source of Vitamin D. And if that isn’t enough, keep in mind that being in nature can actually help you focus and retain information better.
Being Outdoors with the Family
If you have children, you may have the urge to bring them to a park or a playground. Unfortunately, playgrounds were some of the first areas to be closed when COVID hit, and with good reason. The play structure is an extremely high-touch area, and children are prone to touching their faces and putting their hands in their mouths.
Open park areas are relatively safe, as long as you maintain adequate social distancing. A picnic in the park is a great way to spend time outdoors with the family. But if your little ones need a lot of space to roam freely, the park may not be the best option, especially if it’s crowded. Instead, take a hike or go on a family bike ride.
Hiking and biking are also great outdoor activities for adults and individuals. Take time to appreciate the beauty of nature, breathe the air, feel the sun on your face, and listen to the sounds around you. Let it soothe your body and mind so you can feel refreshed and ready to face the days ahead.
Tips for Everyone
Wherever you go, make sure to follow the guidelines for COVID prevention. If you’re in a public area, wear a mask and distance yourself a minimum of six feet from people who are not a member of your immediate family.
Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap after you return from your adventure. Try not to touch anything, especially frequently-touched surfaces like benches, handrails, and park maps. It’s also handy to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer on your person, just in case.