You’re Overdue for a Much Needed Nature Break 

These are very difficult times for all of us. The world as we knew it changed suddenly, and many of the day-to-day activities we took for granted (and rarely gave much thought to) disappeared almost instantly. While we navigate these dark uncharted waters together, many of us are finding brightness in new placesWith heavy restrictions in place on what we can’t do, we are desperately searching for what we can do.  

For many of us, this comes in the form of rediscovering nature and seeking solace in the outdoors. Even you don’t consider yourself the outdoorsy “type,” you may be surprised by what an amazing escape it provides these days, especially if you are working from home. Perhaps your significant other is also working from home, and quiet workspaces are limited. Or you have children at home who need your constant attention and must complete their own work as part of a homeschooling curriculumThen there’s the endless list of chores; the house doesn’t clean itself and those (constant) meals certainly don’t cook themselves! Needless to say, working from home poses a whole host of unexpected challenges. Have you ever needed an escape MORE?

Thankfully, the great outdoors is always open and provides some much needed, sanity-saving, stress-relieving breaks. We highly recommend you peruse our list of suggestions below and try out at least one ASAP. Trust us on this one. 

  1. Go hiking (or even just walking!) – Chances are a simple Google search will turn up some great nature trails nearby that you might not even know existed. Between the scenic beauty of nature, the fresh air, and those revving endorphins, it is hard to beat the serenity and feel-good energy that a hike brings. Even if you don’t have any formal trails near you, a long neighborhood walk will do the trick. Make an adventure out of it, and explore some new streets with which you may not be familiar.
  2. Learn to fish – Ask anyone who fishes, and they will rave about the peaceful and meditative qualities of the sport. Simply being by water is calming for many of us. If you don’t know how to fish, there are plenty of videos online that can walk you through the steps. You can even practice casting in your own backyard.  
  3. Start a garden – Even if you don’t have a large yard, you can still plant container gardens on your patio, balcony or window sill. A wide variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs can thrive and flourish regardless of where they are planted. The simple acts of caring for a plant and watching it grow then seeing the fruits of your labor can be hugely rewarding. The following list of plants grow well whether they are seeded directly into the ground or into containerspetunias, marigolds, basil, rosemary, peas, carrots and lettuce.
  4. Snap some outdoor photography – Grab your camera or even your phone, and start shooting the natural world around you. Again, a Google search yields a plethora of outdoor photography tips and tricks to ensure you get the best photos. The possibilities here are endless, and chances are you’ll be impressed by your talents 
  5. Stargaze – This might be the easiest activity yet. No equipment is necessary, although telescopes are welcome if you have one! Simply step out the door once the sun has gone down and behold the beauty of the universe. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, use an online light pollution map to find specific locations that are the most conducive to dark skies, which make for optimum stargazing opportunities. Could there be anything more relaxing?