Whenever I’m at home I always look for activities and things to do inside that I almost forget to go outside and get some fresh air. It’s super important for your health to go outside, get some fresh air, sunlight and vitamin D so I’m trying to work it into my new daily routine.
During lockdown, I feel really lucky that I have access to a garden as I don’t feel going for a walk is worth the risk at the moment as I have an autoimmune condition, but if you don’t have a garden you can follow along with some of the activities by an open window.
Get some exercise
Exercise is also super important for your health, you can just take a slow walk and do a little photography (which is probably what I’ll be doing most of the time), do a workout, there’s loads of different routines you can follow online or you could create your own, play a sport with a family member or sibling, or learn a dance routine.
Read a book
I find reading really relaxing and I’m hoping to be able to read much more, plus it’s also a great opportunity to get some fresh air without really noticing it. You can just have your window open or if the weather’s good you can sit outside with a nice cup of tea (or hot chocolate).
Think about what craft activities you can do outside, painting is great in the garden as you don’t have to worry about messing up the house, colouring is also great for relaxation and mindfulness. I like to sketch in the garden, and it’s a great way to appreciate nature and the things that you have as you start to notice the little details about the flowers and trees and architecture around you.
Have a picnic or a bbq
I’m not really a fan of barbecues as they can create a lot of smoke pollution which isn’t very fair on the neighbours, but I know other people really enjoy them. This is a great activity to do as a surprise or as a team, deciding on the menu and getting the meals together. I love cooking and baking as I find it relaxing and it gives me something to focus on, and it’s also like magic seeing the raw ingredients transform into the final product (aha I often sit in-front of the oven when I’m baking a cake and read a book or play a game on my phone whilst I wait just to make sure it doesn’t get overdone).
Photography is one of my favourite hobbies, I love spending some time each week (or day if I can!) taking photographs and experimenting with different angles. There’s always lots to photograph outside as the plants, wildlife, weather and sky is constantly changing throughout the day and seasons, so I always feel more inspired when I take a photography walk, even if it’s just around my garden or neighbourhood.
If you want flowers to photograph or a nice background for a photo shoot it’s super important to start looking after your garden. I’m not much of a gardener myself, but my mum is. Even though I used to be a wildlife ranger when I was little, I’m really not a fan of mud and creepy crawlies 😳 but I really appreciate the work my mum does to keep the garden looking nice all year round. With supermarket shortages it’s also a great time to start growing fruits and vegetables if you can, I’ve thought about it but I’m not sure where to access the plants or seeds with the garden centres closed, but I think it would feel like a relief to not need to rely on the grocery stores as much for fresh produce.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! What activities do you like to do outside and how are you finding being at home more?
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