With many businesses closing their doors and events being cancelled, it’s easy to get caught up in your feelings and assume that you can’t enjoy your summer as intended. That couldn’t be further from the truth! By shifting your perspective and observing social distancing guidelines, you and your family (or friends) can still make the most of the summer months.
Need some help? We’ve got you covered. Here are 4 summer activities you can still enjoy safely with your friends and family.
Camping is genuinely one of the easiest (and best) ways to still connect with friends and family during the summer months. It’s easy to put six feet between you and people outside of your direct household when camping. Space the tents, sit 6 feet apart around the fire, and bring plenty of Clorox wipes.
This is a great way to enjoy socializing without ‘feeling the distance’. Better yet, you can enjoy the great outdoors with people you care about. Make a checklist (here’s a cool one we found on Outdoorish), pack your bags, and spend some time disconnected from your devices to recharge.
Solo or with friends and family, hiking is a great way to get exercise. This activity can be as simple as a leisurely trail or as extreme as an intensive hike up the moments. Better yet, this another activity that you can do with friends and family as long as you observe social distancing guidelines and bring your own water bottle!
As we naturally spend more time inside of our homes, it becomes more and more important to ensure we don’t become sedentary. However, working out in the same space you’ve been inside of nearly 24 hours a day can be quite a challenge. If hiking isn’t your style or trails aren’t available to you, you can replace the world ‘hike’ with ‘walk’ and reap the same benefits.
Can’t bear the 90 degree weather? Take it to the water. Canoeing and Kayaking are self-contained activities that you can bring friends alongside you. As long as you choose single-person boats you can still enjoy days out on the lake with friends. You can find affordable kayaks and canoes on Amazon, Walmart, or Dicks Sporting Goods. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can look on the Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for boats if you’re willing to scrub it a few times.
You may even discover the mask to be an advantage while kayaking!
A refreshing way to schedule time for nature is build, plant, and maintain a garden. Not only will this ensure you spend enough time in the sun during the WFH days, but it will also give you another resource for putting food on the table.
Science has proven there is a benefit to dirt! So even if your plants don’t make it to the table, you can still benefit from spending some time in the mud. And much like everything else on this list, you can do this by yourself or with friends (again, following social distancing guidelines).
Long story short? Though COVID-19 may have us all standing 6 feet apart, we’re not doomed to lose the activities that made summer enjoyable. Sure, you may not be spending time at Cedar Point but you can still get out of the house and enjoy the world around you. Nature has a lot to offer!
How are you conquering summer fun while observing COVID-19 regulations? Share your story below.