Springtime Activities that Promote a Stress-Free Retirement

Posted By on June 1, 2018

Spring brings colorful flowers, sunny days, the greening of leaves, and warmer weather. It is a beautiful time to get out and enjoy the weather, especially after a long cold winter. At HarborChase Senior Living, we want all our residents to enjoy the spring weather by experiencing a stress-free retirement. So if you’re ready to enjoy the season, check out our suggested springtime activities.

Visit a Farmer’s Market

Spring is an ideal time to visit a local farmers market. Not only does it get you outdoors and moving, but it allows you to support local businesses. It is a great place to go with friends and neighbors and find fresh seasonal produce, various plants, and handmade arts. Plus, most markets tend to be pet-friendly, so bring your furry friend with you! Whether you go to purchase or just to stroll, it is a great activity to do in the spring.

Take a Nature Walk

One of the simplest ways to get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air is to simply start walking. The first step to leading a stress-free retirement is to manage feelings of stress. “Walking can help relieve stress. Walking gives you time to think, as well as time to get away from stressors. Getting out of the stressful environment, breathing the air, and feeling your body move is natural stress relief (verywellfit.com).”

You can simply walk around your HarborChase community or take the dog for a walk around the neighborhood. If you really want to submerge yourself in nature, you can check out a local park or garden.

Get Active

Spring typically offers mild and comfortable temperatures, making it the perfect time of year to get your exercise outside. Swimming is a great way to get active and can be a safer option because the water eases the pressure on the joints and muscles. There are limitless ways to get active during the spring, but some of our favorites include bike riding, golfing, and outdoor yoga.

Plant a Garden

Another stress-relieving spring activity is to plant a garden. Outdoor gardening can help your body fight disease because of the time spent soaking up Vitamin D. “Vitamin D is essential for literally hundreds of body functions — strengthening your bones and your immune system are just two of them. Studies have also shown that being out in the sun can help lower your risk of [certain types of cancer] (healthline.com).”

Plus, you can reap the health benefits now – and later! Whether you plant fruits, herbs, or vegetables, you can use them in fresh and healthy meals. Who knows? Growing and using your own produce may inspire you to find other ways to live more sustainably. 

Enjoy Meals Outside

Mealtime is a staple for many families. Whether it’s nightly, weekly, or special occasions, food is best enjoyed when we’re surrounded by the people we love. The best way to incorporate the season of spring into your meals is to enjoy them outside. To fully immerse yourself in nature, you can make picnic-familiar food such as sandwiches and fruit and eat them on a blanket or outdoor picnic table, whether in a park or your community. If food prep isn’t your thing, enjoy a local restaurant that features outdoor dining options.

However you choose to spend time outdoors, please remember to wear sunscreen and sunglasses, and take other precautions to protect yourself from the sun. Plus, be sure to bring a water bottle wherever you go to avoid dehydration.

At HarborChase, we want every resident to lead an active, enhanced lifestyle. Spring is the perfect season to get outside, try new things, and enjoy your stress-free retirement. We invite you to find a HarborChase Senior Living community near you and start celebrating senior living with us!