You might have had plans to go outside and hang out with loved ones. However, with the coronavirus outbreak and the need to practice social distancing, your plans are likely canceled.
Unfortunately, being inside for long periods makes you prone to symptoms of cabin fever, like lethargy, lack of focus, and lack of patience. Therapists recommend going outside to help you feel better, but how can you make the most of the outdoors in your backyard, balcony, or patio?
The solution? Upgrade your outdoor space so you can hang out and enjoy the fresh air when you’re feeling stifled inside. Here are some ideas that can turn your outdoor space into a haven.
1. Build a hammock in your backyard
Read a book or take a nap while swinging gently on a hammock. If you don’t have a hammock at home, create a makeshift one by tying parachute cord on the two ends of a sheet of canvas or cotton. If you’re willing to splurge, buy a portable hammock stand so you can set up a hammock indoors.
2. Create an outdoor living room
If you have a covered patio, transform it into an inviting living space where you can lounge around, spend time with your family, or do some work while enjoying the outdoors. By merely adding comfortable seating and sprucing up the space with pillows and bright colors, your outdoor living room will just be as inviting as your indoor one.
3. Create a backcountry experience with a portable firepit
It’s still possible to gather around the campfire in the comfort of your own home. If you don’t have a portable fire pit, create one using angled gravel or pavers. Before starting with your DIY project, make sure to check local regulations regarding fire pits to make sure you won’t run into trouble.
4. Improve the ambiance with backyard lighting
Outdoor lights enhance the ambiance of your backyard or patio, making your space more inviting. You’ll find a variety of budget-friendly lighting options for your outdoor space:
- Use string lights to wrap around a tree or drape on a table, giving you a bright centerpiece.
- Use solar lights along pathways, stairs, and walls.
5. Liven up your space with fauna and flora
Whether you prefer bright pops of color or greenery, put your green thumb to use and turn your garden into an area you’d want to visit regularly. If you’re not confident with your gardening skills, look for low-maintenance plants and flowers that can add a pop of color to your outdoor space.
6. Create an outdoor dining experience
Craving something for dinner, but your favorite restaurant is closed? Take your dining experience outdoors and enjoy a meal with your family. Use a BBQ grill to start a barbecue dinner or whip up a meal in the kitchen and serve them in your backyard. Transferring your usual dining experience outdoors can do wonders when you’ve been cooped up inside for so long.
Your stay indoors during the quarantine period is the perfect opportunity to exercise your resourcefulness. Beat the symptoms of cabin fever and find innovative ways of enjoying your backyard, balcony, or patio.