This is a guest post by Aurora M.
During the cold winter months, we generally enjoy spending our time indoors. Unless we’re going outside for strictly recreational reasons, such as skiing or snowboarding, we prefer staying inside where it’s warm. The weather is starting to warm up, and so are our spirits!
Spring is one of the best times of the year. Being outside feels so refreshing after the bitter cold of winter, and since summer is still a few months away, you can spend time outside without getting terribly sunburned and sweaty. It’s the perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities before we hit mid-summer where it feels too hot to do anything than go swimming. Here are a few perfect activities to do in these cool spring months!
Hiking is usually considered to be a summer activity, but the best time of year to go is during the spring! Because it’s not quite as hot, you won’t get dehydrated as easily. And even if it’s a tad chilly, the physical exertion will keep your blood pumping and keep you warm.
Another reason hiking in the spring is perfect is simply because it is widely considered a summer activity. This means that you’ll meet fewer people out on the trails. Sometimes it’s nice to meet people on the trail, but there’s really something to be said for the quiet moments out in nature. It has tons of great psychological benefits, no matter where you are in life, as this article states.
Go on a picnic
Another activity that a lot of people reserve for summer, is a picnic. The joys of a picnic are that they can be enjoyed for most of the months out of the year(spring, summer, and fall! Not such a good idea during the winter, though). And because you’re getting a head start on enjoying your warm outdoors activities, the best picnic spots won’t be nearly as busy as they will be in a few months.
Pack up an easy sandwich lunch and a big blanket, and head to your nearest duck pond. Or try to find a new picnic spot. Most locations will have great shaded spots, so if the day gets to be a little bit too warm for your comfort, you can sit at the base of a tree, or in a gazebo, and enjoy the day and view without feeling the sun beating down your neck. Or if sitting in the shade leaves you with goosebumps on your arms, you can find a nice grassy area where the sun will be bright and warm your skin.
Work in your yard
There are a lot of home improvement projects that just can’t be done when it’s cold outside. It can be nice to get these projects done before the weather gets too warm, so you won’t be too uncomfortable working in the heat.
There are lots of fun home improvement projects you can do this spring! It’s even more fun if you can include your entire family in the projects. It’s a great bonding activity, and if you have young kids, it’s likely that these will be fundamental memories for them. Try planting a garden together, painting your fence, making bird feeders, or installing and painting shutters for your outdoor windows.
Read in your backyard
The vast majority of us spend so much time in front of screens, whether we want to or not, so it’s always refreshing to get to spend some time outside reading. Whether it’s for work, school, or recreational, it can be a great activity, whether you’re alone or with your whole family. Lay a blanket down on the lawn and get started on that book that’s been sitting on your desk for the past 6 months that you simply haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Let your kids play nearby, or invite your partner to join you outside, reading a book of their own.
Even just spending quiet time reading together outside can be a wonderful bonding activity for you and your loved ones. You’ll find that as the year progresses and it gets much warmer, the heat will be too much for you to be able to handle reading outside for very long.
Don’t wait until summer to enjoy spending time outside! There are plenty of activities to do with your whole family, or just by yourself.