During the global Covid-19 pandemic, “quarantine” and “social distancing” became household terms that dominated everyday life for many Americans for months. Thinking up quarantine activities was like an antidote to cabin fever and suddenly millions of people began to heed nature’s call.
A survey by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation found that 66% of Americans did more outdoor activities near their home and 32% more outdoor activities than ever before! We find that this newfound appreciation for nature is not just a temporary crutch to pass the time. People have reported feeling happier, more relaxed, and reconnected with loved ones.
Because quarantine activities are limited to what you can do at home or outdoors a safe distance, participation has increased across the spectrum of recreational interests. Boating and fishing are high on the list.
Of Americans surveyed, 50% had gone fishing during the quarantine, and 63% said the attractive reason for trying was to take advantage of the psychological benefits of fishing.
The pandemic was one of the great challenges we faced as a nation, but fortunately we have had the privilege of reconnecting with nature and finding happiness amid the difficulties.
While quarantine activities are not always required, we can still apply the basic concepts of slowing down, disconnecting from technology, and trying new things outdoors. Busy schedules and fast paced lifestyles are the norm of modern American society so we don’t realize how fast the days go by.
To go fishing. Try the boating. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, landscape painting, bird watching – there’s no shortage of mood-boosting outdoor activities! Once upon a time, nature was the main source of food, entertainment and income. Let’s answer the call of nature and let’s get back to our roots!