Call it a pandemic summer and you may not totally be wrong. It’s been quite a sobering year for many nations in the world with the spread of corona virus. What a year 2020 has been. The memories recorded thus far may –for a long time –linger on in the mind of many people, especially families that have been victims of this pandemic.
But hey! It’s almost summer again. Let’s help you replace unpleasant memories with new pleasant and fun filled ones. Yes, festivals and travelling are cool but there are many activities you can engage in that are just as cool.
Though it feels as if the winter won’t end but finally the summer is on its way. Having sunny skies do more than just making the environment conducive and pleasant: It provides significant benefits to our health and wellness. Sunlight plays a role in the regulation and stimulation of most of the body processes. And to some extent, it acts as psychological encouragement to enhance our lifestyles.
As you look forward to having an activity filled summer, here is a quick reminder of how important summers are:
Reasons summer is good for you
Summer helps your skin. Experts opined that most skin disorders are as a result of an over sensitive immune system. Whereas, ultraviolet rays from sun are capable of reducing such sensitivity. So be reminded that mild exposure to the sun have therapeutic effect on skin issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis and acne.
After all, we all should be drinking more water. Therefore, it should go without saying that summer helps to increase our water intake. Water is essential and as recommended for optimum health –an average individual is advised to drink two liters of water a day.
Also to note is the natural enthusiasm released by human system for activities and exercises: During summer, sunlight is said to stimulate some significant amount of ‘feel good’ chemical compound which is responsible for the increasing desire for exercises, outdoor activities and fitness regime.
More interestingly; do you know that research has shown that humans are less likely to die of heart-attack in the summer than they would in the winter? The study showed that survival rate from heart attack is 19% more in the summer. The reason, however, may not be farfetched; there is a higher level of Vitamin D synthesised and deposited by the Sun.
When winter goes on a break and summer takes over; outdoor activities ‘be like’ let the game begins. But with the need for social distancing and dappled social networks due to the spread of Covid-19 you may want to ask what more can I do this summer besides staying in door?
Below are some activities ideas that could help make your summer exciting and memorable
How about a homemade slip and slide? – With a few supplies you are on your way to having an amazing time in your yard. DIY slip ‘n’ slides offer awesome time for families; beholding memories to relive for a long time. Without doubt, this is one of the ways to have some outdoor fun on a hot summer day.
Hiking in summer could be fun as long as you have with you some enough water, check the weather to ensure controlled exposure to sun. Put on the right clothes and footwear and get a pretty early start. Hiking offers an unexplainable unique experience: It can be a pure pleasure.
Camping trip: Journey to the backyard – Camping trips regulated? Don’t deter. Camping in the backyard could be interesting, you just never thought about it. You can still have an amazing camping experience with your family in the yard; you will only need to spice it up a little with some creativity to put some icing on it ☺
Go catch some summer bass: Can you find ledge or drop-off nearby? Bass loves it warm on the deep side of the ledge or drop off; they experience better oxygen levels as well –so they could be a good catch as you go for fishing this summer. Keep it cool and easy. Enjoy your time on a fishing trip.
Frisbee or Disc golf: The difference between Frisbee and Disc golf is ‘no difference’ both of them are fun. There are family-friendly disc golf courses, you may want to find a good recommendation and spice things up with your family on a hot summer day. Undoubtedly, playing a round of disc golf will leave you with some memories.
Or simply learn a new hobby: You probably have something you’ve always wanted to do. This summer could be a perfect time to build a fairy garden for instance. Learn to sew, dance. Take pictures or write a book. You can also spare the time to rebuild an engine for an old vehicle.
Get on a bike: Festivals may be cancelled for obvious reasons but bike trails are not. You may want to hop on your bike and have a wild ride along a trail. This would be fun not necessarily when you hit a rock during a ride ☺
Read, read and read: You can take a walk to have a good feel of the temperature and be back home to hit hard on some books. There are online book clubs you can join that’d help to add some spice on your reading adventure. Reading keeps the mind alert!
Water balloon fight at the backyard with family could be a fun thing to try out this summer.
Other things to do as you keep things cool this summer are:
- Have a picnic at the backyard
- Have a family soccer game contest
- Go birding
- Blow some bubble etc.
What the News are saying may be heart wrenching and the experience with the pandemic may not be palatable for most people with its consequence already hitting deep on our social lives; however 2020 summer could still be fun we only need to have our eyes on what to do.