Slow down and stay safe: How to set an example and safely enjoy the summer

July 8, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,
Carol and Tom Knox have turned their backyard into a summer retreat.

The Fourth of July is behind us, but most of the warm summer months lie ahead. And as Michigan — and the country as a whole — continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer will look different than most.

On top of that, our organization’s work as health care experts means many will depend on faculty and staff to set an example on how to navigate ongoing challenges in the safest ways possible. That makes it imperative that you practice safe social distancing, wear masks and wash your hands whenever possible.

But it also means you can get creative in how you have some fun. Here are some of the more unique ways you and your family can enjoy the summer while staying safe, courtesy of your colleagues at Michigan Medicine!

  • Designate a “Destination Day”: Pick a country your family would like to visit and create a theme for the day with homemade decorations, meals and music all inspired by your dream destination. And hey, once the pandemic is over, maybe you can plan a real trip to your dream destination!
  • Hold a film festival: Spend the day watching films themed around a favorite genre, actor or actress. Or just invite each family member to add their all-time favorite film to the lineup! For an added twist, find a way to project your movie on your garage door for an outdoor “drive-in” type experience.
  • Participate in a socially-distant scavenger hunt: Create a scavenger hunt with clues for your family to find on a walk throughout the neighborhood or on a drive through your community. Maybe invite your neighbors to take part, too!
  • Park yourselves in a park: Take a picnic and your favorite games to a local park to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. Nature walks are another great way to practice self-care and protect your well-being.
  • Sit around the campfire at home: Campsites have opened up in many places around the state. But if you don’t want to take a long trip, holding a sleepover in your backyard can be just as fun! Make sure it’s complete with a campfire and s’mores – and best of all, you’ll have clean, private restrooms just a few steps away.

A backyard retreat

Two Michigan Medicine employees, Carol and Tom Knox, have taken this summer in stride and used it as a chance to build a backyard retreat — the perfect place to rest, relax and recharge.

“This summer, we are celebrating our 30th anniversary and had planned a trip across the Atlantic, but that was not to be. So we’ve been making our backyard more of a retreat,” Carol Knox said. “We finally got around to putting the hammock up. We’ve planted a bigger vegetable garden. And best of all, adopted a lovely 4-year-old dog to take on long walks. When it’s safe to travel we will remake our plans and venture forth!”

So what are your plans to enjoy the summer in a safe, responsible way? Let us know!