COVID-19 is still causing a lot of changes across the country. As we continue to follow social distancing into spring and summer, many people want to get outside. There are plenty of outdoor activities you can try to help improve your mental health while remaining socially distant
Fishing is just one of many relaxing activities that can help get your mind off things. Exercise and fresh air have both been proven to help with depression and anxiety. In fact, millions of kids and teenagers go fishing, which is a fun and relaxing activity you can do alone or with two or three friends while remaining socially distant. Or you can bring the dog, lie a blanket down by the shore, pack some goodies, and read a book. It’s up to you.
If you’re a little more active, kayaking is great was to get outside while staying on your own. The calming waters of your favorite lake or river will help with depression and anxiety. If you go alone, make sure you have a life jacket and that someone knows where you are in case of an emergency. It can also be a small group activity for you and your two best friends to embark on since you’ll stay fairly far apart.
Walking and hiking are great ways to exercise and get out of the house. You can even take the opportunity to go on a nature trail. It’s another great thing to do with one or two friends, especially if you haven’t seen each other in a while. This can help people struggling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, OCD, and addiction recovery, since ensuring they continue to have the support they need can help prevent relapses.
If you need an adrenaline rush, try mountain climbing. Start on small cliffs and be careful. Don’t try with an activity completely alone unless you’re very experienced. Even if you’re under 40, make sure you have your affairs in order in case of an accident. If you live in place where it’s possible, cliff jumping can also be a fun, adrenaline booster.
Spring is here and summer is on its way, so start planning for some outdoor time. Try not to let COVID-19 stop you from enjoying the great outdoors with a couple of friends and a few feet in between you.
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