Almost all outdoor activities are still restricted because of the persisting COVID-19 virus. It’s not easy to admit that life in quarantine was a little enjoyable, especially for professionals who stay at home and work in their PJs. Still, being confined indoors for extended periods can be draining. With vaccines available, health policies have relaxed a little, allowing some public spaces to open.
If you want to get back to your active lifestyle or start your journey towards one, you can begin with the activities below.
Go Forest Bathing
By exploring trails, you get to be surrounded by trees and plants that release phytoncides. Those are antimicrobial organic compounds that naturally strengthen the immune system. After being cooped up indoors for so long, the primary source of vitamins and minerals you have come from food and clinically made capsules and tablets.
Though these are enough to give you what you need to improve your immunity, getting them from a natural source is still the best. When you decide to go on hikes, you must do your research. Prepare the needed PPE and documents required to keep yourself and other explorers safe from the virus.
Camp in Your Backyard
The feeling of sleeping under a sky full of stars is indescribable. The charm that comes with camping is impossible to replace. When you think of setting up a tent, snuggling in a sleeping bag, and enjoying campfire treats, you get a warm and cozy feeling.
If you want to experience these feelings again, you can create an atmosphere similar to camping grounds in your backyard. You can breathe life into this idea in an expansive area so that you can have the space to assemble the works — tents, a fire pit, and sleeping bags. Though it can’t capture the authentic ambiance of an actual camping experience, it still is an excellent way for you to take a break from quarantine life.
Walk Around Your Neighborhood
Being quarantined for long periods brings forth restlessness that affects your physical and mental state. When you’re feeling agitated and unstable, doing little things that create a change in your monotonous schedule can make an impact.
To relieve yourself from feeling stuffy, the perfect remedy you need is a little stroll outside. The cul-de-sacs and sidewalks near your home might have been a part of your daily life before the pandemic, but seeing them now can be a treat. By engaging in the mundane activities you used to do, you can ease stress away and clear your mind.
Go on a Photo Walk
When you think of immortalizing memories, the ideas that come to mind are special occasions and places you haven’t seen. Preserving ones that you witness every day is seldom the main thought. But through a camera lens, things can look more appealing. You probably don’t appreciate the scenery near your home enough because they’re something you see daily anyway.
But now that you’re mostly indoors, it’s normal to feel a sense of longing for it. To see the views you typically witness from a fresh standpoint, taking candid shots during your walks on your usual worn-out routes and yet-to-be-explored streets will give you comfort reminiscent of your pre-COVID-19 life.
Eat Healthily and Work Out Regularly
With a lot of time on your hands, you can add more cardio to your routines. Staying safe should be your priority during the pandemic, but working to achieve a fit and robust physique should be, too. Since most things that have surfaced along with the pandemic are negative, strive harder to get something great and beneficial out of this situation.
This year likely made you feel powerless and realize that many things are not under your control. But one consoling fact is that your health is still up to you. Although your health is susceptible to numerous external factors, you can keep yourself in tip-top condition by working out, eating healthily, and drinking liquid supplements for iron and vitamin C to enhance your immunity.
Try Out Unpopulated Vacation Spots
Thanks to medical professionals who have worked tirelessly to create vaccines, the pandemic situation is a lot easier to handle today. With a hopeful future comes more lax protocols and businesses’ opening, including resorts and other recreational spots.
You can treat yourself to a day at an unpopulated beach or go on a relaxing hot spring deep in the mountains. Doing so can give your mind the soothing balm it deserves from having to deal with stressful situations. During your travel, it’s still crucial that you don the proper PPE to protect yourself and others, even with moderate policies.
The pandemic has already taken so much out of people’s lives. The only way to fight against such an unfair situation is to emerge stronger and with more zest.