In our technology-based society, it can be incredibly difficult to get our families away from their screens and out of the house. Thankfully, if you have a yard then you have prime outdoor real estate to spend time with your family. Converting a portion of your backyard into an outdoor living space can do more than just give you a place to force your family to spend time with each other—the promise of fun entertainment can actually help get your family excited to go outside so that you can all enjoy some quality time together.
Unplug Your Family
Creating an outdoor living space is a great way to unplug your family. Have everyone gather in an outdoor living room to enjoy analog hobbies such as drawing or painting, photography, needlework, playing a board game, or doing a jigsaw puzzle together. You can also plant a garden and enjoy some of your outside time giving it a quick check-up and enjoying the fruits of your labor. If you’re growing any plants from seeds, everyone will be excited to see them begin to sprout. This creates a great opportunity for social family time and some quiet time for everyone who wants to work on something without the distraction of technology. Screen time is a reality of modern life, but stepping away from the screens for a few hours each day is beneficial for both adults and children.
Melt Away Stress
It is a well-established fact that being outside has significant benefits for our mental health. The fresh air, the serene sounds, and the appreciation of the world that surrounds us can pull us out of a mental funk and help us focus on the majesty of nature. Adding landscaping to your property such as water features, a beautiful garden, or visually interesting hedge bushes can help with this by giving you things to look at and focus on that will shift your mind from the stresses of the day.
Expand Your Entertainment
Expanding your entertainment doesn’t have to be just for hosting or parties—it can benefit your family any day of the week. Add a swimming pool to float around in or play with the kids, an outdoor kitchen to cook meals in so you can stay outside even at dinner time, or a fire pit to eat and socialize around. Adding things to do outside will make the space more desirable for your family, making it easier to get everyone unplugged and immersed in spending time outdoors with each other.
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