Spring and summer of 2020 have been unlike any other in history. Instead of going on vacations and enjoying the pleasant weather, many have been cooped up inside their homes to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.
The stay-at-home and social distancing orders are necessary for everyone’s wellbeing but it cannot be denied that being stuck inside the house and having little to no physical contact with your friends and family can negatively affect your mental health. The disruption to your schedule and feelings of helplessness on top of the stress you’re likely feeling because of the threat COVID-19 poses to your health can also exacerbate the negative mental health impact of the pandemic.
Fortunately, as long as you aren’t sick and you follow the latest mandates about COVID-19 safety in your area, you can go out, get some fresh air, and enjoy some recreational activities. Some of the things you can safely do are as follows:
Walking, Running, or Hiking
After being cooped up for a while, taking a stroll around your neighborhood can do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Even if you do it for only half an hour, walking lets you breathe in the fresh air outside, which can decrease your stress levels. If you want a higher-impact activity, lace up your boots and run. This is best done early in the morning when there aren’t be many people outside so you can run without wearing your mask. If there’s a nearby hiking trail that’s not crowded, it’s also a great option.
If you want a workout that strengthens your lower body but gentle on your back, hips, and legs, biking is the perfect activity. As long as you’re wearing your mask and steering clear of crowded routes, biking is safe for you. Remember to bring a water bottle, too, so you won’t have to stop somewhere crowded to hydrate.
If you want a more peaceful and therapeutic activity to do outdoors, fishing might be for you. It’s a safe activity since you’ll be alone or with only one companion on your boat and you’ll be far from other people on the water. So bring out your fishing rod, visit your favorite fishing lodges, and catch yourself some salmon for dinner.
Boating, Sailing, or Kayaking
Speaking of being on the water, boating, sailing, or kayaking are activities that you can also safely do. If you’re boating or sailing, make sure you’ve cleaned the surfaces of your vessel and keep physically distant from other people on the dock. If you’re kayaking, avoid popular paddling locations, keep away from other kayaks on the water, and only touch your own gear.
Going on a Picnic
A weekend picnic is an ideal outdoor activity after working from home the entire week. Pack your food from home, together with alcohol or hand sanitizer and a picnic blanket, then take them to your favorite park. If you can, avoid using public tables. Instead, set your blanket on the ground away from other people, lay your snacks out, and enjoy eating your favorites while people watching.
In times like these, it’s important to take care of your health, both physical and mental. And by doing the activities above while following precautionary measures against COVID-19, you can stay sane and safe amid this pandemic.