5 Unexpected Ways to Get Outside This Summer
Summer is officially here—the season best spent outdoors. But instead of assuming your regular beach bum status, find new ways to infuse the outdoors into your summer routine. Whether it’s moving your morning meeting to the patio, finding a new path or city to explore, or getting off the grid on your daily walk, take things outside, anytime you can. Need a few ideas? Here are our top five unexpected ways to get outside this summer.
1. Explore a New Trail
We’ve said it before, and we’ll probably say it again: Getting outside doesn’t have to be hard. Whether you live in a city, in the ‘burbs, or far away from it all, there’s probably a space you haven’t fully explored yet. Ditch your phone in favor of being present in the moment, and soaking in the uniqueness of your surroundings. We promise your mental state will thank you for it.
2. Meditate – or Do Anything Else – Outdoors
Want to get all the benefits of being outside, but not really in the mood for an active adventure? We’ve been there. You don’t have to be exercising to enjoy the outdoors. In fact, moving your regular routine to the park, or even the patio, can boast big benefits (Extra Vitamin D, anyone?). Whether you take your morning meditation under the sun, or move your daily morning touchbase to the porch, small changes in your surroundings can make a big difference in your mood.
3. Try Forest Bathing, For Real This Time
So Forest Bathing was on your pandemic bucket list, but you just didn’t make it happen. We get it—sourdough starters and houseplants are valid alternatives. But what better time to actually get out into the wilderness than with warm weather and long sunny days on your side? Head out often for less stress, a better immune system, and a serious mood boost.
4. Switch Up Your Annual Vacay
If you hit up the same beachside town every year, it might be time to venture somewhere new. Think about what’s most important to you: Hiking? Swimming? Just relaxing? Good news: It’s all good. It’s been scientifically proven that new experiences and scenery can lead to increased happiness. Sounds like the perfect excuse to book multiple trips to us.
5. Go Off the Grid
No matter where you explore outdoors, get the most out of your experience by shutting off your phone (or at least putting it in your backpack). Disconnecting from technology is shown to not only reduce stress and anxiety but also help you be present, connect with the world around you, and create more opportunities for gratitude. So put that OOO up, you’ve got some natural healing to do.