Picnics have long since been an inexpensive way to enjoy the great outdoors with friends, family or your significant other.
Getting back to nature, breathing in fresh air and savouring the environment around us can be so healing and has numerous well-being benefits.
Being outdoors can contribute positively to our mental and physical well-being.
Whether it’s at your local park, taking a bushwalk or enjoying the beach or lake, beauty is all around us. Take the time to appreciate the scenery and enjoy the view.
Life is busy and with more of us spending more time at home than we’re used to, it can be quite hectic.
Getting out in the fresh air can leave us feeling invigorated. Picnics are a great way to destress, reduce anxiety, and mentally unwind with great company, a good book or your favourite song list.
Bond with friends and family
Spending time on a picnic is a lovely way to reconnect and bond with the special people in our lives.
We’ve established that life is so busy these days, so taking time out of our schedule to spend with others to enjoy their company is key to staying connected. And when we feel connected, we have a stronger sense of belonging, and that is good for our mental well-being.
Be as active as you wish
The beauty of picnics is they can literally be held anywhere, even in your own backyard. How far you wish to drive, walk, hike or cycle is completely up to you.
Burning energy outdoors in the fresh air at your own pace is a great way to unwind, especially for young children. Pack a ball, a scooter or bike and have some fun before settling down for a yummy picnic lunch.
Picnics can be as inexpensive or extravagant as you please. Or completely free so long as you have a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator.
Some picnic areas have communal barbeques if you fancy a hot lunch. Just remember to pack all your utensils and cleaning gear as well as bags to dispose of any rubbish.
The rules are there are no rules to enjoy the perfect picnic, except for any current restrictions in terms of face masks, distance travelled, and time spent outdoors. Before heading out for your next picnic, check your state government’s website to understand what, if any, restrictions are in place for your area.
Now Spring has arrived, make the most of the great outdoors and enjoy the healing powers of being out in nature, spending quality time either on your own or with your loved ones.