Whenever and wherever, as long as you’re with the family, it’s a beautiful day for a picnic!
There are many pleasant activities which you can think of when it comes to planning for a fun family day. It’s not much of a hassle deciding because all of them are just so exciting knowing that it’s going to be a special day for your favorite squad! Fabulous lunches, festive dinners, swimming adventures, museum dates, mall hopping and shopping, hotel staycations, board games, reunions, and the list simply goes on!
But hold up! Who forgets about the popular outdoor picnics? Yes, that sunny weekend when a red checkered mat is laid down on a grassy field, and the food baskets are placed on top of them while the family is happily eating, kids and pets are running around! That is probably the exact image you see in your head when you hear of the word “picnic”! And it’s just so nice to spend a picnic day not all alone but with the family dear to you!
Know that picnics are among the activities that surely weave together delightful memories and lasting remembrances for families. They are more than just pretty photos! Thinking once or twice whether or not you should go out on picnics with your family? You better keep reading to know these 6 delightsome reasons why you must schedule it already as early as now!
1 – THE GALVANIZING NATURE VIEWS AND IRRESISTIBLE FRESH AIR
You are surrounded by walls and doors most of the time. Sometimes, your skin doesn’t even get in touch with the sunlight. When you travel to and from work, school or wherever, the common views are high-rise buildings, houses next to each other and countless vehicles on every road. Although you are used to the typical daily scenarios, they get exhausting! Add to that the heavy traffic that wastes a lot of your time and the hard-to-obtain transportation means for commuters.
Having picnics is a wonderful chance to escape from that chock-full reality. And it would be a hundred times awesome to bring the whole family with you! As picnics are supposed to be done in places with green, grassy grounds, ringed with nature scenes, they are totally a refreshing time to enjoy. It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to flee from the confines of your house and from the bustling cities, so picnics are very ideal to positively change your atmosphere and environment.
Being able to breathe in actual fresh air is kind of a luxury nowadays. Seeing mountains or even just some rows of trees brings so much thrill to people from the city. And don’t forget that there’s no space for cigarettes – both tobacco and eliquid, OK? That’s going to ruin the galvanizing natural views and the irresistible fresh air! Relish the rejuvenating gifts of nature with your whole family by going on a picnic away from home!
2 – THE GOLDEN DISCONNECTION FROM GADGETS AND FROM THE INTERNET
Living in the digital era, people today almost cannot take their eyes and hands off their mobile phones and gadgets. The same thing with their laptops and computers. Seems like they’ve been stuck to their palms ever since those devices were bought. It’s sometimes unbelievable! Especially for those who have lived before the computer age, seeing the new generations spending all their time on gadgets and the Internet becomes tiring. What’s surprising though is that there are many older generations today who are more addictive to technology than recent ones.
Going out on picnics is a smart way to let adults and kids put those technological gadgets down for a refreshing while. Keep in mind that everyone needs a break from screens, and an hour is not enough. Just think of it, you’ve been spending almost 24 hours on screens (work-related or not), and you’re just going to rest for an hour or just through your evening sleep? That’s not enough to maintain good health. Why not take the family with you on a long, whole-day break?! Picnic is the way!
Disconnect from the virtual world, and connect with the real world. Talk face to face. Play physical games. Run around. Play catch, dodgeball, boomerang. Turn off the Wi-Fi, and turn on your real-life social button. Social media detox is essential. Lie down on the picnic mat. Stuff your tummies with delicious picnic snacks and meals!
Reality is that most people today cannot last a day without checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, emails and other social networking accounts. Be different. Let a family picnic tell you the difference!
3 – A SPECIAL SHOT TO CATCH UP, BOND AND GROW
Today, many families are losing the chance to catch up and get updated with each member’s happenings. That’s because lives are getting busier, personal schedules are getting more overloaded, work and school are becoming more brimming. Not to mention, when there’s a day of rest, more time is spent alone with gadgets. Don’t deny that you can imagine this familiar setting!
Set a special picnic day for the whole gang! It’s going to be your shot to play and bond together without distractions, focusing on your family’s blissful affairs once in a while.
Kids are growing up. Parents are growing old. Don’t simply let your memories only be composed of those times when you’re apart. How about a customized picnic party programme? Sounds cool! Let revitalizing picnics bring you closer together, growing beside each other!
4 – TIME TO MOVE, BE ACTIVE AND BE HEALTHY FOR REAL
Sitting all day everyday. Standing all day everyday. Lying down all day everyday. And if not all day, “most of the time” would be the best alternative thing to say. It’s another common frame in your life story, isn’t it?
Empower the whole family to start moving and getting active by enjoying a picnic together. Picnics take families out of the house and away from taxing responsibilities even for a bit. Since picnic spots are vast and safe, you and your loved ones can run around, play and sweat off! These which you cannot and do not do on regular days can be done on a restorative picnic trip. You won’t regret it.
The physical health benefits of going on picnics with your family are beyond your list! They’re followed by mental and emotional advantages, of course. Picnics can actually encourage you and your family to live a healthier life. Cutting off gadget obsession, quitting smoking regardless if it’s tobacco or eliquid, deserting alcoholism — these may be big life shifts for those who are used to these unhealthy habits and hobbies, but no help is too little especially when the family assists. Even seemingly ordinary picnics with the family can make a change! Don’t underestimate them.
5 – CHIEF AFFORDABILITY COMPARED TO OTHER LEISURE MEANS
Booking a picnic spot or just using a safe vacant area of land covered with glass somewhere far from the city is obviously more affordable than booking a luxurious hotel for a limited staycation or than paying entrance fees and extra charges in resort outings. If you want to have a relaxing leisure time without making your pockets cry, picnics are among the best picks!
6 – A PRECIOUS MOMENT FOR MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS AND REFLECTION
What hampers family members from freely sharing and talking about each other’s personal lives? Besides other things you can think of, gadgets and tons of other distractions are there. Picnics are seemingly simple but powerful steps to break the walls built by these things. They build precious moments for reflection. Personal meditation and deep conversations are matchless. They make you closer to yourselves and make the family more attached to the family.
Interacting with others, especially with loved ones, advances how individuals learn about their single selves. This is a healthful way to discover more about yourself and to strengthen relationships. When you go on a distraction-free picnic, you will realize and experience how healing and invigorating this activity is for both individuals and families as a group! You can talk about dreams, hopes, fears, experiences and other things in life which you couldn’t be more honored and gleeful to share with your beloved family.
No kidding, you better be telling your family about that amazing picnic spot you have in mind! Go get up, and schedule your family picnics NOW!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She finds quality and well-researched writing as a worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. For her, it’s restoring and fulfilling to the heart and a great way to clear the mind while loading it up with fresh learning. Film critiquing and filmmaking are among her interests too. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.