While the world is gradually beginning to open back up, some may still be apprehensive about going out. However, despite businesses reopening, social distancing measures are being encouraged. This means for the sake of balance, it’s ok for you to have safe fun this summer.
What is safe fun? Well, this is what may pose as a grey area for many right now. How do you know what’s defined as safe fun in the middle of a pandemic? This article helps you answer that question as we’ve compiled a number of ways for you to have safe fun. If you’re in recovery, spending time with your support system is more important now than ever. On that note, if you’re ready to get more endorphins bursting through your brain, here are a few safe ways to enjoy your summer 2020.
You can’t go wrong by spending time outdoors, so why not consider having a picnic? It’s a great way to have an intimate day out with a few close friends you enjoy spending time with. You can social distance while having a picnic by sitting far apart. In typical picnic fashion, bring along snacks, food, and beverages to keep you hydrated. The only major difference would be bringing a mask and hand sanitizer with you to avoid the transference of germs.
To make your picnic more fun, try a couple of the following activities:
- Scavenger hunt
- Water balloon fight
For those who didn’t know, going to the beach is beneficial to your brain. A study published by the Journal of Coastal Zone Management found people who live in places with an ocean view reported feeling calmer than those who don’t. The beach boosts your mood for several reasons. One is that the blue hues which can make you feel related as it’s associated with calm and peace. Also, staring at the ocean can alter your brain waves and put you in a meditative state.
Many beaches are now fully reopened, meaning you’re free to immerse yourself in sun and sand. The beautiful thing about the beach is that it’s a place you can go on your own or with others. If you decide to do a solo trip, it would be a great time to journal, think, exercise, read, or simply relax. If you go with friends, have a meal, listen to music, live in the moment, and enjoy nature.
Drive-In- Movie Theater
Who knew a time would come that drive-in movie theaters would become more appealing than indoor ones? Considering social distancing measures and the ongoing pandemic, it’s a safe way of entertaining yourself now. There are still drive-in-movie theaters operating, so consider adding one to your list. For instance, you could go to Ocala Drive-In, Joy-Lan Drive In, and the Ruskin Family Drive-In if you live in Florida.
What is summer without pool fun? Pools are a safe way to have fun during warmer months. If you don’t have a pool in your area, see whether there’s a community pool you can swim at. Alternatively, if a friend or family member has a pool, ask if it would be ok to swim at theirs. Get a Char-Broil portable grill from Target for under 30 bucks if you’d like to throw some food on the grill while you soak up sun. Also, remember swimming is a helpful way to release stress and keep your heart rate up.
Virtual Cooking Classes
The summer is always a good time to learn a new skill. Cooking is something you do every day, so why not learn how to make new dishes? During a normal summer, you would likely attend a cooking class in person. However, virtual is now the new normal.
Groupon has tons of affordable virtual cooking classes that range from online dessert-making courses to ITU culinary classes.
Fitness doesn’t have to be hard and dreadful. It can be a fun activity that keeps your body in shape and also stimulates your mind. Consider taking a bike ride around time as you’ll have the luxury of fresh air and burning calories simultaneously. Have you ever wondered what the many benefits of riding a bike are? Some include:
- Strengthening joints
- Increasing bone density
- Providing an aerobic workout
- Weight management
- Helps maintain existing conditions
Having fun is an essential part of living a balanced life. The above summer activities are examples of how you can do that while being cautious. The idea should be to find activities that make you feel alive and spark positive emotions. Sharing such moments with people you care for can make them even more special.
Adventure is one thing that keeps life interesting, so consider creating your own this summer. Find an easily accessible spot to go camping as a way of connecting with nature and exploring a new destination. Seeing as travel isn’t the safest right now, it’s also a way to road trip with friends and get away from home.
Some of the best places to go camping in the U.S. are:
- Acadia National Park, Maine
- Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
- Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho
- Ludington State Park, Michigan
- Glacier National Park, Montana
Before heading out to the parks, be sure to check whether they’re still operating in the same capacity considering the COVID-19.
Are you a sports lover? Well, outdoor sports are safe to do during this time. Be it golf, soccer, or tennis, they’re all activities you can play to enjoy social interaction and keep yourself physically active. For those in recovery, getting outside and staying physically active can help keep your morale and spirits high. If you battle depression, physical activity can be of great help ease symptoms.
While this isn’t the summer everyone hoped for, you can still make the most of it. It’s an opportunity to be creative and find unconventional ways to have safe fun.