Learn to Love Your Yardwork
Yard work doesn’t have to be boring or tedious, like it often is. In fact, with the right mindset and proper tools, yard work can be fun and enjoyable. Instead of viewing it as a chore, it’s important to view it into an enjoyable experience. Whether you have natural grass or artificial turf in your lawn and green spaces at home, there will always be something you can do in the yard to beautify the area and make it a more pleasant place to be.
Yard work can be a major stress reliever. If you are raking leaves or lawn clippings, every time a pile is made imagine that you are gathering your stress and eliminating it from your mind. Every act of moving or picking something up can be looked at as a step towards being stress free. Every item you pick up can represent a problem or issue. Pick it up, remove it, and dump it into the trash; each time you do so, you’ll be sending your stressors into the trash, too.
You can also make yard work a family affair. Assign each person a task, and work together as a family unit until the job is completed. Smaller children can complete tasks that teach them teamwork, while older kids can be assigned tasks that help them to learn a new skill or gain strength. As you all work together to clear and clean your lawn, you will teach children the benefits of hard work and pride in all that they accomplish. You can even add yard games along the way to make the time you spend outside performing this chore fun.
Two things about yard work that make it fun and enjoyable from the very beginning are spending time outside and turning up the music. When you work outside, you are not stuck in the house or an office. Walk outside, take a deep breath, and turn up the music of your choice. Listening to music and working to the beat makes any task go faster. It also makes things a lot more fun. If the day is extremely hot and humid, play slower songs and work along with the beat. It will prevent you from over exerting yourself and getting tired too quickly.
Depending on how big your yard is and the type of tasks involved, you can trade a day working outside for a day in the gym. Instead of using a riding lawnmower, push mow your grass. The added exercise can replace an equal amount of time spent on a treadmill. If you have artificial turf, walk the lawn on a regular basis picking up small bits of debris and leaves as they appear. Take the time to remove any limbs or sticks to prevent children from tripping or falling. If you want to get some lifting in, rearrange the patio furniture, grill and any other lawn decorations you may have. Doing yard work can be the next best workout to take the place of a couple of hours spent at the local gym.
Yard work is what you make it — and if you choose fun, your chore will become something both pleasant and enjoyable. It can be a chore to be dreaded and put off, or it can be something fun and unique that you actually look forward to. Look at it from a different angle every time, and your typical yard work will become a quiet escape where you release your problems, or perhaps an event during which you spend time with family.