We’re all looking for some stress relief, and it can be daunting when we are stuck at home. You may feel like a trapped animal with no hope for escape. But spring is here. Thankfully, we can count ourselves lucky that the weather allows us to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine in our own backyard. Here are 5 great ideas for boosting your mood without ever having to leave home!
1. Make the backyard your home gym
The gyms might be closed right now, but your own yard is actually a great place to work out! Breathing in fresh air while you get in some cardio is great for you! There are a lot of great ways you can do both strength training and cardio in the yard. Sprints, Jumping Jacks, Burpees, and Lunges are just a few of the simple exercises that you don’t even need equipment for. You can use whatever is in your yard to add to your workout such as walking up and down deck steps.
If you have kids at home, you can get them involved in the fun! Jump-rope competitions, racing from one end of the yard to the other, or even playing a game of tag are all great ways to get your heart rate up. Plus, your kids will have the opportunity to shake those sillies out after being cooped up doing on-line homeschooling all day!
Tips for working out in your backyard
- Make sure any elements you use in your workout are secure, sturdy, and safe.
- Be mindful of pollen and other allergens that may cause a shortness of breath.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Protect yourself from ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects.
2. Create a Backyard Meditation Space
There’s something about being out in nature that brings a sense of calm and peace. It’s a great way to boost your mood. Find a quiet space in your yard away from distractions and make it your own meditation space. When designing your space, think of elements that tap into each of your five senses. Here are some ideas:
- Lay down an outdoor rug and pillows so you can comfortably sit for a length of time. If you prefer to not sit on the ground, add a cozy lounge chair with soft cushions.
- Choose a space that is shaded from the sun, or put up an umbrella.
- Add an outdoor fountain or hang windchimes.
- Plant lavender around the area so you can breathe the calming scent in while you meditate.
3. Start a Garden
According to a study published by the Journal of Health Psychology, gardening is a scientifically proven stress reliever. There are many health benefits from gardening including exercise and increased vitamin D intake. Plus, it feels good to grow your own food! Involve your kids in the process and they will benefit too. According the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, kids who help grow fruits and vegetables are more likely to try them!
The Resurgence of Victory Gardens
During World War I, the Victory Garden movement was launched to encourage Americans to grow their own food. With the COVID-19 Pandemic as a sort of war itself, there’s been a resurgence of Victory Gardens. We’re limiting our trips to grocery stores, so it only seems natural that we grow food for ourselves. The proven mood-boosting benefits of gardening is an added bonus!
If you want to start your own garden, find a spot or several spots around your property that receive plenty of sunshine and have great water drainage. Then, choose plants that your family will enjoy and start digging! If you’re worried about getting supplies for your garden, many local gardening centers are offering online ordering and delivery to your home. Check out Primex in Glenside or Holly Days in Horsham, or look up your favorite garden center to see if they offer these services.
4. Camp Out Under the Stars
Spending a night outside sleeping under twinkling stars is a wonderful way to boost your mood! You can do almost everything that you would normally do at a regular campsite right in your own backyard. This is definitely an activity to do with your kids as well! Pitch a tent, build a cozy fire to roast marshmallows, and then doze off to the sounds of nature all around you. You’ll wake up refreshed!
5. Can’t Hug Friends and Family? Hug a Tree!
Human connection is so important for boosting your mood, and we are all in need of a good hug from loved ones we haven’t seen in a while. The Icelandic Forestry Service is encouraging everyone to hug a tree while social distancing is keeping us from hugging people!
“When you hug [a tree], you feel it first in your toes and then up your legs and into your chest and then up into your head,” enthuses forest ranger Þór Þorfinnsson. “It’s such a wonderful feeling of relaxation and then you’re ready for a new day and new challenges.”
BONUS TIP: A Cleaned-Up Yard is a Real Mood-Booster!
If you really want to enjoy your backyard, you need to make sure it’s safe and looking great. Call 215-682-7704 to schedule a FREE No-Contact Property Evaluation with your Giroud ISA Certified Arborist to see if your yard needs some extra attention from the professionals. All of us will be spending a lot of time on our own properties in the upcoming weeks. You’ll want to make sure dangerous deadwood is cleared from your trees, unsightly underbrush is cleaned up, and that your shrubs, trees and lawn are healthy and vibrant all season long!
How Giroud Can Continue to Serve You During the COVID-19 Crisis
If you see any concerns with your trees, or your lawn, give us a call to schedule a FREE inspection with your ISA Certified Giroud Arborist. During the outbreak, your Giroud Arborist will continue to be available for Property Evaluations. And, our Crews will complete your services on time to ensure your trees and lawn stay healthy and safe. The only difference will be that we won’t be able to meet with you face to face. However, we are always happy to talk by phone. This will keep you and our employees safe!