If you live in Australia, you probably live within 50km of the coastline.i And if you don't, there's a good chance you live near another type of water source - a river, dam, lake or even the local pool.
Research shows that being in blue space (near a body of water) is great for your overall wellbeing. The smells and sounds can be a calming influence on your mind, while the body and immune system will benefit from being amongst nature.ii
You may be surprised about the number of markets held throughout the week that cater to different interests and needs. And you might pick up some bargains. For example, perhaps you'd like to check out the local farmer's produce, pick up some art, or clothing from a designer who's just starting out.
The easiest way to find the local markets in your area (or an area you'd like to visit) is to do an online search, then pop those dates in your diary so you know when they're coming up. Most markets are held close to public transport and usually have reasonably priced food.
Many cinemas have one day in the week that's cheaper than the rest (usually a Tuesday, costing between $10-12). If you have a concession card, or are a member of a health fund or association, you may get even better deals.
Visit the website of your local cinema to find the best options, and since the snacks at cinemas can cost an arm and a leg, bring some from home.
You may be across the range of walks available in national and state parks, but there's likely to be some in and around the area you live too. Sydney and Melbourne have free walking tours, and many local councils offer self-guided walks (meaning you can download and follow directions to see and learn about different sites in your area).
Simply search for self-guided walks in your local area. And if you're interested in joining a group, get involved in the free walking groups run by the heart foundation.
If you haven't already, visit your local council's website. They often list a raft of family friendly and interesting events that are happening in your area - usually all summarised in a calendar, to download and have at hand. And if your council's events aren't to your liking, you can also search for events happening in surrounding council areas or an area you'd like to visit.
While we're on the topic of things the local council offers, it can be a good idea to become a member of your local library (if you're not already). And if you're rolling your eyes at this thought, but it's been a while since you've visited one, here's why they're good:
To find out more about what events your local library has, look them up online, or just pop in and ask.
Research the galleries and museums in your local area. Sometimes, unless there's a special exhibition, entry can be free, so all you'll need to pay is the cost to get there. If you're a member of a health fund or association, you could get other discounts too.
But, if you don't live near a gallery or museum, don't fret. Many of world's best galleries have virtual online tours
For example, you could visit Paris' famous Louvre museum. There are lots of other options too, simply search online for virtual gallery tour and you'll see loads of different virtual tours, some with access to guided talks, and some that are interactive which can be a fun activity to do with kids.
While we're on the topic of going online there are lots of other things you can do too. Like:
For the days you just want to get outside in the nice weather, it can be easy to forget the humble picnic. Pack some food, coffee, your book and go to the local park to sit under a tree. You may be surprised at just how relaxing it is.
It's not for everyone, but if you're interested in the health benefits that come with meditationiii, you might want to try a free class. Just search online for free meditation classes in your area - some require a donation to come along, but only what you're willing to give.
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i Australian population review 2017. www.worldpopulationreview.com/countries/australia-population
ii Benefits of water. Lifehack blog. www.lifehack.org/424336/ science-explains-how-staying-near-water-can-change-our-brains
iii Benefits of meditation. Psychology today blog, 2013. www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-it/201309/20-scientific-reasons-start-meditating-today
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