For many of us, the hardest part of the lockdown was being apart from friends and family. Now that restrictions have eased, long-awaited reunions are on the cards. With Covid-19 still a threat, it’s natural to be concerned about returning to ‘normal’ but there are lots of ways to reconnect safely. Here are some fun ideas to inspire you.
Sports and outdoor activities
Many people have devoted more time to their hobbies or developed new interests during the pandemic. Spending time outdoors has enabled us to escape the same four walls and enjoy the fresh air. As we move towards a life with fewer restrictions, it’s a great idea to keep up with hobbies old and new and try to get out and about as much as possible. Sports and outdoor activities can boost mental and physical health, and being outside is much safer than meeting indoors. If you’re an active person, or you love to explore, you could organise a bike ride or a walk or a hike, or try activities such as kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling, rafting or ziplining.
Garden parties and pop-up events
Our gardens have become havens during lockdowns. Now that we can invite people round, it’s a brilliant idea to host small gatherings at home and get together al fresco. You can plan everything from Sunday brunch and pizza night on a Friday to cocktails for a friend’s birthday or a hen night or a family barbeque. There are options to hire equipment or bring in caterers, and you can also take advantage of pop-up events and classes, such as cocktail making or learning to dance. For many people, being close to home in the outdoors will offer reassurance, especially if they’re not ready to go to restaurants or visit bars yet. Organising a party in the garden can also work out much cheaper than planning a night on the town or hiring a venue.
Summer is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate than planning a good, old-fashioned picnic? Whether you live near the sea, close to a park or in the middle of a town, you can choose a location and get friends or family members together and share a feast with a view. From city parks and seaside spots to meadows, the shores of lakes and rivers and forests, you’re never too far away from a suitable patch to put down a rug and enjoy a picnic. Picnics are informal and inexpensive, making them an ideal option for hanging out with friends, going on first dates or catching up with relatives you haven’t seen for a while.
Socialising and spending time with others can have a dramatic impact on mental health and wellbeing. If you’ve missed social contact, and you’re desperate to reconnect, there are safe, fun ways to get together. Try to choose outdoor locations and settings that won’t be busy and enjoy the fresh air. From adrenaline-pumping activities to a party in the back garden or a picnic by the sea, there are options to suit every occasion.
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