How to Make the Most of a Summer Indoors
17 Jun 2020
No one knows how long the COVID-19 lockdown measures will last, or, if they are eased, for how long. With talk of a second wave incoming, Canadians could be in store for an uncertain summer, one spent largely indoors.
A summer indoors doesn’t have to be boring, though. No, it’s not ideal, but with a little imagination, some fine-tuning of your immediate environment and some fun hobbies lined up, you can make the most of a summer indoors. Especially if you have young ones in the house, for whom summer is a big deal, it’s important to rise to the occasion.
Here are a few ways you can make the most of your summer, even if it is confined to your property!
Adjust Your Environment for Lots of Natural Light
Before you begin brainstorming activities, it’s important to improve your immediate environment. Although you are indoors, you should still be able to reap the mental and physical health benefits of natural light. It’s one of the most elemental and enjoyable aspects of summer, and you don’t want to deprive yourself of it. Draw the blinds and let the light shine in.
If your home doesn’t get much natural light, consider having a window and door company in London come and install new windows. In addition to providing ample summer light, new windows can save you money on your energy bill by ensuring the cool air stays inside and the hot air stay out.
Take Up a Summer Project or Hobby
With the natural light pouring and the house feeling summery, turn your attention to hobbies. There are two types of hobbies you and your family can undertake: individual and communal. Communal hobbies are ones that involve the entire family, like puzzling, gardening or baking. Individual hobbies are solitary, like model building, painting or learning a musical instrument.
It’s good to have a balance between the two, that way everyone can pursue their personal passions while still creating time for family moments.
Try Camping in Your Very Own Backyard
Camps may be closed this summer but camping doesn’t have to be. Anywhere you can find a square patch of grass, even if it is your backyard, you can pitch a tent. Make it a fun family experience by bringing roasted marshmallows (baked in the oven rather than over a real fire), playing board games and telling ghost stories.
Exercise Your Green Thumb
Gardening can be fantastic for mental health: it involves exercise, fresh air, relaxing alone time and a nurturing outlook. Involve the whole family for a summer project, or simply take a couple quiet hours out of each day to tend to the garden by yourself. Plant vegetables early in the season and enjoy the (literal) fruits of your labour around the dinner table.
With a bright home, the right hobbies, an imaginative trip to the backyard and a calming garden, you summer 2020 will be every bit as rewarding as years past.