Did you know we spend about 116 minutes per day looking at social media (Sun, 2017)?
What else can we be doing with that time? We pay for many conveniences to make our life easier, but how much of that time is waste with mindless scrolling. Some conveniences can be beneficial, especially if you are working multiple jobs, going to school, or have a family. Just keep in mind how much your time is worth, and think about how you would like to use that precious time?
I am lucky to be surrounded by nature where I live in the Pacific Northwest. Even though I just said to put your phone down, Google Maps can be handy in finding parks and nature areas. Search park, local park, community park, picnic, nature, lake, pond, or anything you can think of to find a nature getaway. You can also try using the Google search engine to find parks near you. Go for 20-30 minutes and see if you can go a few times per week. Note how you feel afterward. Do you feel a sense of calm?
Tip 63. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
I went on several scavenger hunts as a kid, but I went on one as an adult a few years ago.
I giggled the entire time. We had to look for different types of plant life, sea life, birds, and even smells and textures. I had to be very aware of my surroundings and pay attention to every step. It was challenging, but so much fun. I found scavenger hunt lists on Pinterest,
or make up your own list!
Tip 64. Go Camping
Camping can be a fun and inexpensive way to get outside. Camping gear can be pricey, but you may be able to find used equipment or even borrow some. Most campsites are only $10-$40 per night, and you can find some great locations! My husband and I have spent nights on the Oregon coast, inside Crater Lake National Park (it was so cold!!), and deep in the woods, each one being memorable. It is breathtaking to see the stars at 2:00 am when there are no city lights to dim them.
Tip 65. Go Bird Watching
Birds are all around us, and in most places, they change with the seasons and migration.
Go into your backyard, front yard, or even look out of your window. How many new types of birds can you spot? Find a local park, stop and listen to the different bird songs and calls that you hear. Can you find the birds just by listening and looking? You can use this search guide to help identify the birds that you saw.