The year 2020 is beginning to seem repetitive and closed off, without much relief in sight. Are you tired of living the same thing day in and day out? Have you spent a lot of time inside despite the fact that it’s summer and the sunshine is out? While it’s helpful to avoid the virus, it isn’t always helpful in your body and mind. Spending time in the sun has many benefits, and, during a time when many don’t want to be inside, it has even more perks. Not only might the outside world boost vitamin D, but it may also increase mood and alleviate stress; therefore, you may want to consider escaping the house for just a bit, trying one of these 7 activities. They are social distance friendly, so bring water and a mask as you cherish some much needed time outdoors.
1. Explore the Springs
Florida is host to many parks that have natural springs. A quick search of your area could show you the closest one. You’ll be able to see some beautiful sites; plus, many of them are open to swimming. If you bring snorkeling equipment you can dive down, checking out the rocks and fish. It makes for a full-day adventure, so pack a lunch. Plus, you can space out finding your own place to have fun.
2. Hike a Trail
Your neighborhood probably has several walking trails. In addition to that, you might be able to locate a longer venture in your district, giving you the chance to exercise those legs while catching sight of many native Floridian trees and animals. Before you head out, print a list of things that you might glimpse on the trails. You can then make it a scavenger hunt. This also pairs well with a picnic. Pack the cooler and leave it in the car. When you come back down, sit, and eat. In general, these spots are traditionally not overcrowded, but if you find another group then you can simply step aside and let them pass or turn down another avenue.
3. Take a Boat Excursion
The waters off the coast are breathtaking, allowing for gorgeous views of the horizon, quick looks at the submarine life, and a cool breeze (which is hard to find sometimes). You don’t have to own a ship. Local places such as Tropical Boat charters & rentals are available for your outing. They can take care of the vessel while you relax in the fresh air.
4. Use a Kayak
Many of the state parks have kayaks or canoes available for rent. You can float out onto a stream or river, finding your own personal space. Dolphins can make their way into inlets or you may scope out some local fish. In the meantime, you’ll get an arm workout.
5. Plan a Beach Trip
As long as you are six feet apart, you can make the sandy shore a possibility. It’s about physical distancing and respect. Try to go during off-hours (either really early or during the workweek); this alleviates much of the parking and beach congestion. Bring supplies. Have water, snacks, chairs, and an umbrella for shade. The added cover and comfort may also elongate your stay. Boogie boards and sandcastle items are helpful for keeping children entertained. While at the beach, get into the water and enjoy the surf. Then, stroll along with the shore hunting for shells and shark teeth.
Avoid limiting yourself to only your residence as this can make you feel isolated. If you can do it safely, get out, and experience nature during your daily routine. A brief escape may make 2020 a bit easier to endure.