ideas to enjoy nature, stuck at home, COVID-19, enjoy nature, ideas to enjoy nature, landscaping, mental and physical healthIn this time of social distancing, keeping ourselves healthy physically and mentally is vitally important. A dose of fresh air, sunshine, and a pleasant spring breeze can be beneficial. Here are five ideas to enjoy nature and still be safe. 

Stuck at Home? Try these five Ideas to enjoy nature.

Sunbathing

Sunbathing doesn’t have to be poolside. While it may be too chilly to get a tan, soaking in some sun rays can be beneficial for your mental wellbeing.  Absorbing sunshine increases serotonin, which, when low, can increase depression according to Healthline

Don’t forget to use your 60+ SPF sunscreen. 

Go for a Walk or a Hike

Find a less populated walking or hiking trail to get out in nature. A study by Harvard Health compared the brain activity to healthy people after a 90-minute walk in either a natural or urban setting. They found that walking in nature lowered the prefrontal cortex activity in people. The prefrontal cortex is “a brain region that is active during rumination — defined as repetitive thoughts found on negative emotions.”

If the parks are closed or overpopulated, take a walk around a new neighborhood for a different scene. Keeping your distance of course. 

Do Some Birdwatching

Ditch binge-watching streamed shows. Take up bird watching instead. Did you know that there are over 400 bird species in Arkansas? Next time you’re out for a walk or a hike, grab some binoculars and see how many you can spot. 

Check out the many benefits of birdwatching.   

Fire Up the Grill

Spring weather is great for grilling. And since most restaurants are take-out only, why not create a fun dining experience in your backyard that the whole family can enjoy? Fire up the grill and enjoy the smokey flavors of veggies, meats, and more. 

Develop Your Green Thumb

Why not try your hand at gardening? It is spring after all. With all of us spending more time at home, now is the perfect time to start preparing your garden beds, removing dead leaves and sticks, and planting flowers. 

What other ideas to enjoy nature do you have to stay fit mentally and physically?

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