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Outdoor Summertime Activities for Mental Health

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Summertime is synonymous with sun and fun! And there’s no better time to spend time outdoors than Spring and Summer.

After being cooped up for so long, it’s time to get out in nature and experience its uplifting and rejuvenating benefits. Commitment to spending more time outdoors this Spring and Summer. Experience new places and activities. We often get stuck in a routine—even when it comes to having fun. We go to the same parks. We walk the same route. We play the same games.

Why not try something different?

On Land

A Picnic with Wildlife

When’s the last time you went on a picnic? You can have a picnic almost anywhere, but picnicking by a quiet river or pond has a unique appeal. Depending on the location you choose, you may see ducks, geese, egrets, herons and other water-loving birds, maybe even turtles. Late Spring through early Summer is the perfect time to see ducklings and goslings. No one can resist the charm of these new arrivals.

You may even catch a glimpse of other wildlife like squirrels, rabbits, and gophers. For nature lovers and animal lovers, the joy of watching wildlife is hard to beat.

Grab a blanket, a picnic basket and a cooler and enjoy the sights and sounds around you.

Plant a Garden

Spring and early Summer is prime gardening season. Planting a vegetable or flower garden can be a rewarding activity. Tending to your garden and watching the fruits of your labor grow cultivate feelings of empowerment and enhanced self-worth.

You don’t need a big yard or a lot of space to enjoy the benefits of gardening. Window boxes, patio planters and kitchen herb gardens are all ways to garden with limited space.

Yoga in the Park

Yoga is known for its physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. Those who practice yoga regularly often experience less stress, are calmer, stronger and more flexible.

Whether you want to relax your mind, rejuvenate your spirit or improve your flexibility and strength, outdoor yoga has the added benefit of being out in the fresh air. Feeling the summer breeze and breathing the fresh air while doing yoga will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

At Sea

Water Sports

Nothing says Summer like being on the water. There are so many activities you can enjoy on the lake or on the ocean.

For those who prefer a calmer activity, kayaks, hydro bikes and pedal boats may be more desirable bay, lake or pond options.

For the more adventurous, surfing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, water skiing and jet skiing are exhilarating ocean activities.

Speedboats and Sailboats

For those looking for a different type of adventure at sea, taking a ride on a sailboat or zooming around the bay on a speedboat is an invigorating and novel experience you won’t soon forget.

Mini Cruises

Another way to spend time on the water is by taking a mini cruise. It’s not necessary to spend days or weeks on a ship. There are several different types of cruises lasting for only a few hours. From adventurous whale watching cruises to scenic harbor cruises to romantic sunset and dinner cruises—there’s sure to be a cruise to fit your mood.

Whether you have an hour or a day, prefer land or sea, commit to trying something new each week. Spending time outdoors in nature will surely boost your mood and have lasting effects on your mental and physical health.


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