Fun Things You Can Do While Practicing Physical Distancing.
It’s a difficult time for everyone, and we know the good people of Saskatchewan are avoiding large crowds at shopping centers and self-isolating from family and friends to protect their health and the health of their loved ones. But fresh air is good for you, too, and social distancing doesn’t have to be a strictly in-home activity. As temperatures warm, and spring begins it’s a great time to treat yourself to the sounds of nature: chirping birds and the wind whistling through the trees can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
Although there’s no problem with going outside, currently- you still need to be precautious and keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
Here are a few ways to shake off some cabin fever and get your mind and body moving.
Build a Backyard Campsite
It’s the perfect time to pitch a tent in the backyard for a little staycation. Whether you’re coupled-up, have children, or are practicing social distancing, solo. There is nothing better than throwing logs on the fire-pit, melting some chocolate for s’ mores and lying on a blanket to watch the stars.
The stars aren’t going anywhere, so it’s a great time to get an astronomy lesson. SkyView uses your camera to help you find objects in the sky. You can take pictures with the app and store them in your phone. The SkyView Lite app is available for both Android and iOS devices. When you point your device’s camera at the sky, the app tells you which stars and constellations you are seeing.
Explore your neighborhood or a local walking path: as long as you maintain at least 6 feet between non-family members. A nice walk, run or bike ride can increase feelings of wellbeing. To make sure everyone is getting some exercise, plan a scavenger hunt, or head out into the driveway for some fun. Kids can use chalk draw, or write messages of love and hope to your community, or you can practice your 3-pointer skills if you have a basketball hoop, or engage the whole family in a game of badminton, lawn bowling or bocce ball.
Learn a New Skill
Use things around your house to get creative. You could build a birdhouse, paint it, add some seed and hang it from a tree in your yard. Get the kids to help with creating a raised garden in the backyard, or build a potato box to start growing food at home.
As it continues to get warmer, you’re still able to participate in other outdoor activities like: fishing, golfing, and playing outdoor tennis.
Spring into a Clean Yard
Rake out your garden beds and clean up the lawn(s). You can compost debris or dispose of your leaves at Regina’s Food and Yard Waste. Then, give your lawn the nutrients it needs for strong roots and a lush green appearance by fertilizing. Now you can pull out your patio/deck furniture and set up your space to relax.
This blog post was created as part of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information about our response, including changes to our service delivery and other resources, please visit: http://familyserviceregina.com/covid19-a-message-from-the-ceo/