As colder weather approaches, we will all be left with the challenge of getting fresh air and seeking outdoor activities until this pandemic is over. We all need a few ways to break free, feel freer and do both without risking our own health and the health of others. We have some suggestions.
- Plan regular outdoor outings during times of day and to places with the least amount of people traffic. Find a bench somewhere and sit to read or people watch. Set a timer, if it helps and go back inside or to your safe space at home.
- Find a local orchard to pick apples or pears or pumpkins. Wear a mask but distance yourself to sit on the grounds to soak up some sun, fresh air and a bit of freedom.
- Rent a bike for a couple of hours. If affordable, schedule it a few times a month.
- See if you can find an outdoor tai chi or yoga class to stretch your body and activate those endorphins – the happy hormone.
- Get in your car or rent one to travel the countryside, watch the scenery and drive with the windows open.
- Drive to a shopping mall, park your car in the rear, and sit with the windows open or pull out a folding chair to simply breathe and take in a change of scenery.
- Go to Meetup.com and find a local outdoors group like Outdoor Afro and go for a walk on a hiking trail or even rafting on the river.
The point of planning is to control your sense of well-being. Your physical freedom has a lot to do with your mental health. And if you need to visit a counselor or therapist, please do.
You are not alone. Take care of all of you.