Facing boredom while quarantined is nothing new. I know I’ve tried a variety of activities from baking to finishing many Netflix TV series to try and help keep me entertained. One of the best ways I kept sane during this time was just getting outside. For different people that can mean different things. I am fortunate to live near the beach and by many hiking trails, so having an adventure in the outdoors is definitely an activity I recommend. For me personally I am trying not to frequently use technology devices. I want to be more engaged in the world and people around me rather then a cell phone. Going outdoors can be going for a walk around your neighborhood, or to your favorite spot in nature, or on a hike. The great thing is: it’s accessible to everyone.
Below are some benefits being outdoors can have:
- Being outside lessens anxiety
Covid-19 has caused a lot of stress for people. Many lost their job, weren’t able to graduate, or have a sick family member. At times like this it’s important to take care of your mental health and being outside can help raise your energy while keeping you in a calm and positive mood.
- Being outside can improve your sleep
My sleep schedule has been very odd lately and I often have trouble falling asleep. The outdoors helps to set your sleep cycle, and we all know how important our sleep is.
- It can boost creativity
Quarantine is a time to do art, write, and new projects where a boosted creativity would be great. A boosted creativity also just makes you think of more creative things to do while at home!