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Friday, August 7, 2020

7 Ways to Enjoy Summer While Social Distancing

In the past, the arrival of the summer season was a cause for celebration. It meant the start of pool parties, warm weather, and backyard barbecues. But amid the coronavirus pandemic the world finds itself in and all the social distancing guidelines that have been put into effect to keep people safe, it's easy to feel like it's passing you by. That doesn't have to be the case, though. Here are 7 ways to make the most of your sunny summer.

1: Go for a Hike

A man enjoying a hike. 

Photo by 5688709 (Hermann)
With all the social distancing and quarantine rules in effect, there's a good chance you've felt pretty cooped up these past few months. Why not change it up and get outside while staying safe by taking a hike. Taking a stroll through the woods or up a mountain is a perfect way to get a good dose of that sunshine you've been missing while still avoiding large crowds. Plus, taking in the vista from a mountain top is a surefire way to help take your mind off the problems of the world, at least for a while.

2: Get Out on the Water

A woman kayaking
Photo by 5688709 (thatsphotography)
Maybe all that walking involved in a hike isn't your speed, but you still want to take in some nature. Try taking a boat out on the water for a day. The fresh air and gentle rocking of the waves could be just what you need to put your mind at ease. Even if you don't own one of your own, there are plenty of businesses found around large bodies of water that will let you rent a boat or kayak for a few hours at a time!

3. Learn a New Skill

Man takes online class
Photo by 5688709 (cuncon)
Have you ever thought about furthering your education or picking up a new trade? Now might be the perfect time to do it! From online college courses to skill sharing websites, there's no shortage of ways to expand your horizons while still maintaining social distancing.

4. Discover Your Creative Side

A man works on his paintings
Photo by 5688709 (free-photos)
Life can get pretty hectic. Between jobs, social engagements, and what often seems like a million other things, it's not uncommon to feel like you have no time for yourself. With the pandemic going on and everything shut down now, though, maybe it feels like you have entirely too much time on your hands. Take advantage of it and start a new project! Whether it's painting, sculpting, or some other artistic endeavor you've always wanted to try, there's no better time to explore your creative side!

5. Plant a Garden

Two people plant a garden
Photo by 5688709 (Free-photos)
There's no better way to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe than right at home in your own yard, so why not spruce it up? Find out just how green your thumb is by planting your own flower or vegetable garden.

6. Take a Virtual Tour

Man admires paintings on display at a museum
Photo by 5688709 (stocksnap)
Feeling a bit culture deprived stuck at home all this time? Well, good news! Museums all over the world have started offering virtual tours that you can take right from the comfort of your own home! Try escaping to New York for the day by touring the Museum of Natural History or to London to view the ancient Egyptian mummies on display in the British Museum!

7. Have a Backyard Movie Night

A movie projector
Photo by 5688709 (alex litvin)
When social distancing guidelines started being implemented, one of the first things to go was movie theaters. If you're missing that cinematic experience, try recreating it right at home! Take an old sheet you have lying around and hang it either on some trees or the side of your home and use a projector to get that big screen experience in your own backyard! And, as an added benefit, the refreshments won't cost you nearly as much.
Find more about the author: Kim Hart

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