Mental health is a subject that no one is scared to talk about anymore. The societal stigma has been lifted and we now value our mental stability. We seek to understand how we can live a healthier life not just in the real world but in our minds too. This has led us all back to the basics, stopping to smell the roses, if you will. We are now appreciating time outdoors, relaxing in our gardens, and playing games with our family and friends. No more so, is this true, than during the lockdown. We have experienced so much tragedy but there is hope at the end of the tunnel. The first thing you do when it is finally lifted is, go outside to your garden and have a barbecue!
Be honest, do you spend any time in your garden? You might take a couple of minutes to walk around it, perhaps water the flowers a bit but then you go back inside. It’s just not part of our normal routine, is it? Well, that’s why a barbecue is so helpful because we’re spending valuable time in our garden. We’re cooking food, among the birdsong, bees, and the pollen that’s floating around in the air. We’re absorbing what it means to be a part of nature. We’re still animals, and sunshine on our face, the breeze in our hair, and the smell of freshly cut grass or blooming flowers are great for our mental health.
There’s no shortage of worry in the world, especially after what we’ve been through. However, the human spirit is so strong and so resilient. We can always find a reason to smile or laugh. When you’re having a barbecue, it’s the right moment to play some family games. One of the best is the cornhole toss. It’s so simple yet so addictive. Get your boards from Cornholeworldwide.com, where you can buy all kinds of themes, such as military, flags, stained boards and even, make entirely custom designs for yourself. The game is played by tossing a bag of corn into a hole, but you need to stand back far enough whereby you need to really focus on what you’re doing. The great thing is, it can be played as a team versus team game or a one-on-one.
We eat more healthily
Barbecues are naturally a healthy meal. You’re eating lean meat and vegetables which have only been cooked for a few seconds so they’re nice and juicy. The sear makes the lean boring meat taste so good and you can put all sorts of rubs and marinades onto your poultry and red meat. Chicken wings are a staple of the barbecue and yet, they have next to zero fat. We love to eat beef brisket and lamb chops on barbecue days, and because the grill is so hot, most of the fat drips off while leaving a tender succulent piece of meat behind.
Barbecues are some of the first things people will do when they get time to be together again. You should too if you feel the need to improve your mental health.