Six Fun Ways To Spend Time Outside This Summer

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Sophia Venetis, Staff Writer

After a mild spring the upcoming months hold even warmer weather, longer days, and a beautiful, blossomed environment. As the outdoors become more appealing, here are some fun ways to get you to appreciate nature and enjoy spending time outside!

 

Go for a walk – Although it may seem simple, going for a walk is a great way to get you off of your screens and out of your house. You can even spice it up a little bit by going on an adventure! Maybe you’ll find a cool, new place, or even spot some wildlife.

Have a picnic – Grab some food and a blanket and go find a nice spot to hang out. Whether with friends (social-distancing and masks on, of course) or by yourself, you can read a book, listen to a podcast/ music, play a board game, do a puzzle, etc. on your picnic. You can even just sit back and relax, as I guarantee that you will enjoy the captivating scenery that nature has to offer.

Exercise – Get your heart pumping and soak up some sunlight! Not only does sunlight provide your body with essential Vitamin D, but it also releases serotonin in the gut, a molecule that regulates mood. Additionally, exercise causes your brain to release endorphins and dopamine, two types of vital neurotransmitters linked to happiness. So take advantage of the beautiful weather to better your health and experience a pleasant increase in your mood and motivation. To get moving outdoors this season, you can work-out in your backyard, go for a run around your neighborhood, ride your bike on a trail, etc.

Start a garden – Put your green thumb to work this summer and adopt a new hobby: gardening. If you like plants and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then gardening/ yard work is perfect for you. Gardening will not only leave you feeling grounded (figuratively and literally, as you are working on the ground), but you will also feel accomplished. Just think, after all that hard work, you are rewarded with an array of aesthetically pleasing shrubs, flowers, and trees, as well as an abundance of vegetables. Do yourself a favor and “stop and smell the roses” – after you’ve planted them – during these next few months.

Explore nature art and photography – The outdoors are home to numerous gorgeous landscapes, which are excellent for getting in touch with your creative side. So, crack open an empty sketchbook or take out your camera (or phone). You will be surprised with how much natural beauty you capture with just the click of a button, or with the stroke of a pencil.

Go stargazing – If you are a “night owl”, then go stargazing when evening temperatures become warmer, as it may interest you to look at the arrangement of earth’s nightlights. Even if you’re not an astrologist who knows every constellation, the sublime topography of the sky is breathtaking. Also, the awe-inspiring vastness of space could inspire some deep thinking. It’s been said that stargazing is one of nature’s reminders to stay positive because even at times of change or darkness, light still finds a way to shine through. With that noted, I encourage you to occasionally stare at the luminous orbs that paint the night sky. While doing so, you may become more appreciative of earth’s gifts and you might even have a revelation of your own.