Being outside anywhere, going somewhere, planning something, and entertaining people are all big things right now. And rightly so as we make our way out of sheltering at home, quarantines, and for most a very long fifteen months of worry, isolation, and a long period of time away from family, co-workers, and friends. My husband and I have a very tight circle of friends and we are all very healthy and active. We have missed being able to get together to have Saturday board game night, book club, bbq’s, and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Apart from those type of events hubby and I spend most of our time with each other and out in nature. Some of our friends want to wait awhile longer before entertaining and such and we respect their reasons for wanting to do so. For many, it is still not safe to get together, be around others not in their bubble, and may remain so for a long time to come. Not everyone is out having a good time exploring the great outdoors.
Another way to enjoy the great outdoors is in the privacy of your own home. You can build an entire outdoor area–big or small for your own family fun and entertainment. We have that too in our garden on our deck. We have some beautiful plants, veggies, and flowers and we love sitting on our deck among them listening to the birds and croakers. Some of our neighbors have built fairly elaborate outdoor areas filled with projectors, big screens, pools, and massive bbq grills- which is cool too!
If you’re unable to go outdoors right now, I found an awesome YouTube channel last year that really helped me to relax, escape when I needed, and overall “feel good”. The channel features Jonna Jinton who lives in a remote forest area in Sweden, her home, work, and life. I love watching her videos and I think you will too.
If you spend a lot of time walking in the woods, I wrote a post about Forest Bathing here
Whether gardening in a little city lot, on a deck, in a window sill–anywhere really, gardening puts you in touch with nature and nature is a balm to one’s soul. I promise you that anytime spent outdoors, spent in nature, with nature, will help ground you and prepare you for whatever you’re dealing with or about to deal with.
Until next time be well.