After enduring a long winter, storms, cold spells, and bitter temperatures, it’s quite comforting to know that springtime is quickly approaching, which means warmer, more pleasant weather and sunshine is right around the corner.
Winter is mostly spent indoors, all wrapped in layers of warm clothes and blankets so what better way to welcome this fresh new season than by stepping outside and enjoying the sunshine?
Join Mother Nature outside and try one of these springtime activities:
- Plant in the garden:
Gardening is beneficial for your health, have you ever considered it that way? Well according to Better Health Channel, it is a great form of exercise, reduces feelings of stress, frustration and can improve your overall health, strength, and endurance. So, step outdoors and practice your gardening skills, enjoy the weather, cool breeze and make a friend or two as well.
- Spring cleaning:
I know what you are thinking that how come cleaning is fun and entertaining? It feels more like a boring and tiring task but according to Daily Caring, springtime is the perfect opportunity to get rid of the clutter in your room or home. So, open up those windows, let that fresh air in and get to work. Get a little extra help if you want, ask your children or grandchildren to help you around and go through things with you. It could turn into a chance to spend time with family and be productive at the same time.
- Go for a walk:
Take advantage of the warm weather and go for a walk through the park. It can count as your physical activity for the day. The sights of springtime nature, fresh flowers and greenery are bound to boost your mood and being an older adult, staying physically active is more important than ever. It can help boost your energy, maintain independence and even combat symptoms of illness. It’s also a great opportunity to socialize and meet new people in the park. Find a walking buddy and stay healthy too.
- Read a book:
Reading is a great way to keep the brain engaged? It also has beneficial effects on health like improving memory, reducing stress, improving sleep and delaying cognitive decline. Read a magazine, newspaper, a good old fashioned hardcover book or even an audiobook, look at photographs or learn about an interesting new topic. Plan reading time with your children or grandchildren and turn this into a fun activity. It’s also a great way to take a break from social media.
- Participate in charitable works:
If you aren’t very mobile or are homebound, you can still give back to the community. This is a wonderful way to stay engaged and feel a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Contact the local charities, hospitals or religious organizations to find out if they have any projects that require your help.
- Plan a picnic:
Spring time comes with green grass, warm temperature, and fresh air. All these are quite inviting so, why not take full advantage of spending your time outside during the day? Pack some food, take anything to read or even a board game that you enjoy. Invite your friends or family and spend some quality time.
- Get Nostalgic:
If your state of mobility allows it, go outdoors and do activities you used to love as a kid. These are also perfect activities to do with your grandchildren, so consider giving them a chance.