The state of the world right now is a little scary. Most of us are practicing social distancing, choosing to stay home, and trying to come up with things to do. When cabin fever sets in and life indoors feels a little crowded, it’s not uncommon for most of us to crave a little time in nature.
Getting out into your yard is a highly recommended activity, especially while we’re all distancing ourselves from each other. We’ve rounded up 10 things to do outside to get some time away from screens, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy what is available right in our own backyards.
Spend some time in nature by getting to work on those yard projects you’ve been putting off. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all out. Just start small and accomplish projects that will give you joy and enable you to spend more time outdoors. Want to try something new? We suggest experimenting with a new garden layout, building a bench for the outdoors, or growing a vegetable garden!
Move your workout from the gym to the lawn
You know what’s better than working out in a gross germy gym? Working out in a beautiful open space with an abundance of greenery and wildlife. Grab a yoga mat and stretch out on your grass.
Get some fresh air, a hint of summer, and the scent of delicious dinner on the grill. Need some recipe inspiration? The Rachio team loves these grilled teriyaki chicken sandwiches and these easy grilled veggie skewers.
Read a book
…or a trashy magazine, no judgement! Find a cozy patio chair or bring a blanket to lay on. It’s easy to enjoy your outdoor sanctuary for hours on end when you get sucked into a good book. We love following along with digital book clubs and browsing free ebook rentals with Libby.
Get to know the plants in your yard
Use apps like FlowerChecker and PlantNet to identify unknown plants all over your yard. Get to know the best ways to take care of them and then make sure your Rachio app is updated with those details.
How beautiful is it to lay in the grass and look up at the stars? Whether you can see one or 1,000, it’s sure to be a delight. See what constellations you can find with these awesome apps.
Take a walk
You can stay in your yard or explore the neighborhood, but get those steps in! Many sources recommend getting at least 10,000 steps per day. You may not be able to get that in your yard, but studies show that the more steps you take a day correlates to a better mood and a reduction in your risk of a stroke.
Move your desk to the yard
You don’t have to physically move your desk (unless you’d like to). Just grab your computer and office essentials and set up your workspace on your patio or in your grass. Get ready for envy from your coworkers when they see you in your peaceful space on your next video call. Just make sure to delay watering on your Rachio app first!
Make sun tea
Sun tea is a great way to use the power of nature to brew delicious tea for the whole family. Check out this recipe for the perfect sun tea.
Have a picnic
Get your picnic blanket and basket out and have family dinner on the lawn. Bring a game or some music for the cherry on top of a perfect evening.
Check all of these off of your quarantine to-do list and share your experience with us online using #RachioYard.