Depending on where you live, winter can be tough. Colder weather, an increase in decadent foods, and a tendency towards less activity can leave us feeling a little bland. But with winter in the rearview mirror and the weather warming up, there are many fun activities to look forward to!
Here are some ideas for spring activities designed to get you up and about and engaged with your loved ones.
Gardening is a great way to spend time outdoors, either with friends or family members — or by yourself. It’s meditative, therapeutic, reduces stress, and is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors.
There’s a sense of fulfillment and responsibility in caring for plants and watching them grow — and if you’re growing fruits or vegetables, you can enjoy the results on your dining table, sharing them with the people you care about. You can also include a social aspect, by creating a club with your friends or starting a garden with grandkids or other family members. If you have difficulties with mobility, you can use potted plants and still get great benefits. A lot of herbs love to be planted in pots.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, socialize, and experience new things. It can get you outdoors, it can help you exercise, and it can even introduce you to new friends. Volunteering can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience that does good for the world and the people around you. There are a variety of different ways you can volunteer: picking up litter, sharing your skills and talents with others, bake sales, food drives, soup kitchens, pet shelters, and more.
With the weather improving and plants blooming, there’s no better time to get outdoors than during the spring. Take your exercise routine outdoors, go for walks, bike rides, jogs, play golf, pickleball, badminton, or whatever it is you enjoy. You can practice tai chi in the park, meditate under a tree, or do yoga with a group of friends.
Need some ideas? Call your family up and schedule a picnic, or plan a reunion barbeque with some old friends you haven’t seen in a while. There are so many activities and sports you can engage in outside that will heighten your mood and wellbeing.
Crafts and Baking
After spending several days outside, maybe you’re ready for a relaxing indoor spring activity. With the return of nature’s bounty, spring is a great time for crafts. You can make a birdhouse, spring-themed wreaths, or crochet a spring shawl for a friend or family member.
Baking is also a popular springtime activity. If you’re not sure where to begin, consider taking a class or setting up a craft hour with some friends. It’s a great way to socialize and spend an afternoon.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. It brings with it warmer weather and new opportunities. Make it a point to take advantage of this time. Your mind and body will thank you.