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Fresh air does wonders for the mind, body and soul. We’ve always known that. But now more than ever, it seems like the great outdoors is offering us another reason to get out there.
COVID-19 spreads from person to person by respiratory droplets when we talk, cough, sneeze and breathe. But when we’re out in the fresh air, where the air particles are ever-changing, these droplets disperse. This helps to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. Protecting you—and those around you. Not only that, but the positive impact of nature on mental health has its benefits too.
So here are 7 COVID-safe outdoor activities that you can try this summer. To stay safe and make the most of the mood-boosting sunshine.
1. Farmers market
Farmers markets are a low-risk activity that’s great for a summer’s afternoon. They take place all across the country, so it’s a good way to get out and see a new town too. You can find gifts, small independent distilleries, baked goods, candles and jewellery. So you’ll also be supporting small businesses. But you don’t have to splash the cash to have a good time. Exploring new places and chatting to new people can do wonders for your mental health.
Escaping the routine doesn’t have to cost the earth. Holidays bring us a break from the routine, an adventure out of the ordinary. And that can do wonders for your mind, body, and soul. Many are missing out on the holidays they’ve been dreaming of due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s seen as a high-risk activity, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Camping is making a comeback. It’s a great way to spend time with the ones you love, get out in nature and discover new places.
The UK and the Republic of Ireland have some incredible beauty spots. From the beaches of Cornwall to the gorgeous green spaces of Scotland. There are hundreds of campsites with facilities. Nature can have some surprising positive impacts on our mental health too. Plus you can camp away from others, out in the fresh air. So the risks are relatively low.
3. Wine and dine in the sunshine
Want to enjoy a meal or drinks with friends but worried about staying COVID-safe? Rooftop bars and restaurants have been popping up all over the place since the pandemic. The fresh air reduces the risk, and the views can be quite spectacular too. If you’ve got a special occasion, but you're worried about a big celebration— this could be the perfect option. Even if you're looking to eat out for pub grub, or grab breakfast at a local café—sitting outside while the sun is shining is a great way to reduce the COVID risk.
4. Outdoor cinema
Outdoor cinemas were a hit back in lockdown. They offered us as close to a cinema experience we could get for a very long time. But if you’re not quite feeling up to a trip to your local cinema yet. This can be a great alternative. Research the nearest one in your area. Often, you can pull up some camping chairs in the summer to watch the film alfresco. It’s a great way to wind down and make time for those closest to you.
5. Bike ride
Exercise boosts our mood, releases stress and make us feel good. Those benefits only get better and better when we do it with a friend. Whilst the sun is shining, the temperatures are warmer and COVID continues to affect our lives—a bike ride can be a great way to catch up with friends you’ve not seen in a while. It doesn’t have to be a difficult route. An hour in your local park can be enough. Feel the breeze in your hair, find a trail you didn’t know was there. It’s a great way to mix the routine this summer and try something new.
The beloved BBQ is a summertime treasure. There are only a few months of the year over here that we can enjoy it. So as we learn to live with COVID-19, it’s a great way to get the most of the fresh air—while we still can. So instead of inside get-togethers, dig out the BBQ and prepare some tasty food. Even if you’re a vegan or veggie, there’s plenty of tasty recipes that you can make BBQ-style. Make the most of the last summer months and take the party outside. This way, it will be safer for everyone.
7. Painting picnic
Picnics cost pennies. But they can be some of the most relaxing times in our day-to-day lives. It’s a great way to get out in the fresh air, and it’s a fantastic COVID-safe activity too. But if you’re all picnicked out this year, how about mixing it up with a painting picnic instead.
Studies show that engaging in creative activities can help with mental health conditions. It can also help to protect against future mental health issues and boost levels of life satisfaction. There are no rules, just grab a paintbrush, head to the park and see what you can create. If you’re trying to keep the little ones entertained, this is a great option too.
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