Every relationship – whether it’s a relationship between lovers, roommates, friends, or colleagues – could use the occasional revamping. Enhancing our relationships should be an ongoing endeavor that strengthens our bond with others every step of the way.
Though relationships can and should foster growth in one another, it’s easy for them to become stagnant over time at the hand of routine. Breaking the norm in any given relationship is one of many ways to revive a relationship and inject some spark back into it.
The warm weather and beautiful scenery of summertime provide a perfect opportunity for us to reconnect and revamp our relationships. Outdoor activities this summer can help to revive and enhance your relationships.
Get more Vitamin D!
There’s a reason why we feel good when we are active outside. In fact, there are plenty of reasons! Being active outside helps us to get enough vitamin D – a vitamin that many people don’t get enough of. Outdoor activity also makes us feel good because it ramps up our endorphins and adrenaline, both of which give us a natural “high.”
Many people feel good when their bare feet are touching the earth – so much that it has spawned the grounding and earthing movement. And recent studies have confirmed some surprising health benefits that come from grounding and earthing.
We feel energized when we’re moving and happier when we’re burning calories, not to mention that our sitting lifestyles are literally killing us and being outside is especially important in the face of all of the time we spend indoors and online.
All of these factors make the outdoors a great place to rekindle relationships, no matter the nature of the relationship. If you’d like to revitalize a relationship, consider arranging one of these outdoor activities this summer.
Outdoor Summer Activities
Get In The Woods
Spending time in the woods can be incredibly healing. Hiking is one of the best outdoor activities for people of all ages. Because hiking can be done on easy trails as well as incredibly difficult trails, this activity can suit many people, despite their physical stamina.
Hiking gives us an opportunity to connect with nature while exercising and since most hiking trails are built around naturally beautiful landscapes, a good hike gives us an opportunity to take in some great scenery, too!
Your hike might take you through waterfalls or mountaintops, all while strengthening your body and relationship. If you want to spend time in the woods without hiking, consider camping, climbing, rappelling, or zip-lining.
Get In The Water
Whether you’re experienced with water sports and want to spend time water skiing or if you prefer to spend your time doing yoga on the beach after a swim, the water is rejuvenating for the soul.
Whether you spend your time on the ocean, the lake, a river, or even in a stream, the sound of running or lapping water is meditative and can help to make you and your partner feel centered.
If you suffer from seasonal depression, don’t stay indoors waiting for the return of warmer weather. Go out and enjoy the many benefits of outdoor activities! Walking on a wooded trail for just a few minutes will make you feel a lot better. pic.twitter.com/HmKvSs28Kd
— The Great Trail 🇨🇦 (@TheGreatTrail) February 27, 2020
Use Your Parks
A lot of tax dollars at every level have been used to create and preserve parks all over the country, so put those parks to use! Whether you simply make a plan to have lunch in a city park or choose to arrange for a bigger outing in a state or national park, our parks are a great outdoor resource and they provide a safe place for us to deepen our relationships.