So you look outside and see a beautiful sunset. The scenery is breathtaking and you decide you want a front-row seat of the twilight. However, once you get outside, in mere seconds your innocent attempt to enjoy the outdoors feels more like a burden. Swarms of insects, ranging from annoying gnats to bloodsucking mosquitoes, start attacking you in all the worst spots. Relentless heat or frigid gusts have you drained of energy or cowering in an attempt not to freeze solid like a popsicle. Even on perfect days, you may find that there is nothing to look at, touch, feel, or smell that makes your time outside actually special. You have found yourself in conflict with the top three reasons people hate outdoors: the insects, the weather, and the lack of excitement. Don’t worry, though. We are going to take a look at each of these and learn how to fix them.
Mosquitoes, gnats, and ants, oh my!
Depending on where you live, specifically, in an urban area or rural area, this reason may hit home or seem foreign. I remember moving from my small house in the country to a city apartment and could only wonder where all the annoying bugs had gone. If you want to enjoy your outdoor activities to the fullest you have to take a few simple steps.
- Plan your activities after the morning dew and before the sun starts to set. The sun is a very harsh element in nature and some of the most annoying insects take care to avoid it. Mosquitoes, in particular, are most active in the early morning and late afternoon into the night. Planning your time outside appropriate can easily save you a lot of headaches (and itching!).
- A little breeze goes a long way. Checking the wind forecast can help lower your need to constantly wave away pesky gnats. The tiny nuisances don’t like strong winds and will be unable to buzz around you while the breeze is strong. However, keep in mind that if the breeze goes away or is obstructed the gnats will seize the opportunity to torture your soul.
- Bug Spray…yeah, get some. There is a reason this stuff has existed for so long and remains a big market. The products for insect relief are numerous and constantly evolving to include more mechanical options and more natural alternatives. A single application can protect from insects for around 2-8 hours depending on the type.
Help! I’m melting! Wait…now I’m freezing!
Trying to get someone outside who hates the outdoors is nearly impossible during the extreme seasons, Summer and Winter. Being too hot or too cold is nothing to laugh at. People experience life-threatening conditions every year due to extreme weather exposure. To make sure you aren’t added to the list, follow these simple guidelines to remain safe and enjoy nature more.
- Know when temperatures hit their peak. This may sound like common sense but you’d be surprised at the number of people who disregard planning activities during the most comfortable hours. During Summer, you generally want to get out before the sun rises and try to head back in when it is approaching noon. From then, for the best experience, you should wait until the sun is beginning to lower before spending an extensive amount of time outside. For Winter, it is pretty much the opposite. Avoid being outside in the early morning and wait for the sun to rise to enjoy its warmth. When it begins to set, you should start planning to go indoors quickly since the temperature can drop rapidly.
- Take some fashion lessons. We all now to dress light in Summer and heavier in Winter, but most people forget to have fun with their outfits. Enjoying these extreme seasons become a lot easier when you have outfits that fit your personal style. Take time to plan your attire so that when you have to put on a coat or thin shirt, it makes you feel cool and confident.
- Invest in an insulated cup. Keep your coffee hot or your sports drink cold. An insulated cup is a lifesaver when trying to enjoy the outdoors during Summer or Winter. Taking a walk with fresh coffee warming your body is a magical experience.
I’m outside. Now what?
Today’s generation has media bombarding their senses constantly with stimulating visuals and sounds that are also interactive. Entertainment has reached a height never seen before in previous years, while nature has remained mostly the same. This doesn’t mean the outdoors can’t compete with the stimulation of indoor activities. Here are some ways to add excitement.
- Improve your home landscaping. The outside part of your property should feel like a vacation when you spend time in it. Fill your empty spaces with flowers and shrubs that look and smell amazing. For added flair, add in plenty of butterfly and hummingbird attractants to add some life.
- Tech meets nature. Being out in nature doesn’t always have to be about getting away from technology. There are plenty of things that can make the outdoor experience greater. Try having a potluck in your backyard and put on some awesome music or, if you really want a new experience, buy a projector and enjoy a theater experience on the grass.
- Nature can be scary…we like that. If there is one thing that can outclass the stimulation provided by today’s games and movies, it’s the first-hand encounters with the forces of nature. From rafting to mountain biking, there are endless ways being outside can get your heart pounding. If you or someone you know gets bored easily, an adrenaline spiking activity may be what is needed. Just remember to always be safe and follow proper safety practices.
Well, there you have it. The reasons why you hate the outdoors and how to fix them. Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas to get a new sense of appreciation for life outside. If you enjoyed this read help us out by hitting your favorite share option. Thanks!