Summer is here and some of us probably want to do different activities after being locked for weeks. We can’t wait to enjoy summer with beach trips, pool, and meetings with friends, however, we can come up with new ideas and still have a good time while we’re still at home or with restrictions. In this blog post, you’ll find a couple of ideas to keep yourself entertained this summer (socially distanced, of course). Learn how to grow organic vegetables and fruits at home, how to take your work outside, among others.
Grow organic vegetables and fruits
Surely, we're now more aware of taking care of our health. Growing our food could be a great experience for enjoying tasty and fresh vegetables if you don’t have a garden you can use pots, planters or shoe holders. Here, some vegetables you can grow in summer because they all prefer full sun, rich soil, and consistent deep watering:
- Tomatoes: You can try an upside-down tomato, take plastic soda bottles, cut the bottoms off, ease in a tomato plant seedling, and pour in some earth. Then hang it up, water it regularly, and watch your tomatoes grow! This also works well for herbs and peppers.)
- Beans: Plant from seeds sown directly into the garden or transplant from scratch once the soil temperature has warmed to at least 60 degrees. Plant in full sun in fertile soil. Beans benefit from planting broccoli, carrots, and peas,
- Berries: These are not vegetables, but they are easy to grow. Berries are easy to care for and perfect for container gardens. Look for varieties like ‘Raspberry Shortcake,’ and ‘Blackberry Baby Cakes’ for patio plantings.
- You can combine some of them, for example, Strawberries, pair well with lettuce, spinach, and thyme, while raspberries will benefit if planted with garlic, onion, and oatmeal. You can grow pepper next to tomatoes or eggplants.
Declutter your home
No matter how clean and organized we are, it is very common to keep too many things through time. A cluttered space could cause stress, bad affect productivity, and make the household tasks more difficult. So, why not transform our house if we have the time for it?
There are many benefits to owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less to organize, less stress. Changing our home will make us feel calmed for using space that wasn't available before, and we'll be happier. There are some tips for you to do this activity:
- Classify your things by trash, donation, and the ones you need to keep.
- Use a check-list for each room.
- Have number goals, for example, 10 things to keep, 10 trash things, and 10 things for donation.
- Create a decluttering checklist: you’ll have a better idea of what exactly you want to do with every space.
- View your home as a first-time visitor: we are used to space because we are always there, try to imagine the space as you were looking at it for the very first time, what do you like and what you don’t.
- Take photos before and after of a small area.
- Use the method of four-box: take 4 boxes and classify the thing by trash, giving, re-locate, and to keep.
Use your garden for camping. Telling stories, making a little wood fire, and sleeping outside could give you a great time and nice experience these days. Here, some tips for having in mind depending on the space you have to bring all your things:
- Dress correctly: Cotton is nice for staying cool in the ‘burbs, but it’s not your friend in the woods. Choose moisture-wicking clothes and synthetic or wool socks. Don’t forget to pack rain gear, sunhat, hiking boots, and swimsuit.
- Eat Well: Great camping food options include granola bars, peanut butter, dried meat, canned soups and beans, mixed nuts, drink powder, Coffee and tea. They are perfect for packing light, do not spoil, and do not require cooking. Having an empty water bottle handy is important too.
- Sleep well: Don't forget the tent, the sleeping bag, the mat (for an extra cushion!), and the pillow. Being an adventurer doesn't mean waking up with a crackle in your neck.
- Essential tools: A flashlight, headlamp, or flashlight, extra batteries, a multi-tool, phone charger (for emergencies).
- Fire up: some charcoal (for camping grills), fire starters, wood, Newspaper, matches, a propane stove, skillet, utensils, cups, bowls, and plates
Take your work outside
Taking your work outside could be a really good plan for changing your routine. It can reduce stress, lowering blood pressure, and improving immune function. Having a natural environment in your workday can help your brain for concentration, creativity, and productivity. Here some fact you can consider for taking your work outside:
- A study indicated that people felt 20% better after walking in a park, reporting less tension and more enthusiasm.
- Walking among trees can improve your short-term memory of about 20%.
- Outdoor air quality is up to 10 times less toxic than indoor air.
- Sunlight provides 166 times more light preventing seasonal depression.
- Exposure to the outdoor environment decreases your annual sick level by 2 days.
- Having green scenery can improve concentration by 8%.
- Nature can reduce inflammatory levels.
- Natural light and environment can help you burn up to 440 calories per hour during workday activity.