A lot can change in the course of a couple weeks. Now, many of us find ourselves adjusting to living, working, and recreating at home. While it is important to keep our distance from others, this does not equate getting cabin fever – if you are able to get outdoors while safely social distancing yourself from others, getting into the fresh air can do wonders to keep your spirits up. There’s been a saying floating around the Internet that goes, “The outdoors is still open.” Depending on where you live in BC, spring may be in full swing or there might be three feet of snow. No matter the weather, here’s some ideas to ward off cabin fever!
Head out ice fishing
Go for a walk
Have a campfire
Make homemade preserves
Learn to make bannock
Strap on the snowshoes
Go target shooting
Make homemade jerky
Read a book on outdoor ethics and values
Go shed hunting
Take your dog for a walk
Practice tying knots
Learn how to ID plants by reading a plant ID book
Get out and go foraging.
Break out the board and card games
Start some seeds
Teach your kids how to light a fire
Clean your firearms
Organize your tacklebox
Get out in the boat and go fishing
Start a journal
Tie some flies
BBQ some steaks
Catch up on episodes of your favourite outdoors show (BC Outdoors Sportfishing TV, anyone?)
Organize your camping gear
Purchase your hunting tags for the 2020/2021 season online
Learn a new survival skill
Organize your photos from the 2019 hunting and fishing season
Go canoeing or kayaking
These are just some ideas to keep you occupied in the upcoming days – and remember, depending on your circumstances, social distancing does not mean being cooped up indoors. This is a great chance to slow down and reconnect with both nature and your family, and to appreciate the little things in life that we often take for granted.
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