Enjoying the sunset is one of the best things about summer in my opinion. The cool breeze at night, watching the gorgeous colors change and enjoying something tasty to eat? Why not!
Watching sunsets is thought to have many health benefits beyond just a pleasant night out. Like many other aspects of being “in nature” it improves your emotional /mental health, concern for others, and increases your satisfaction with life. It allows you to slow down and really enjoy the moments in life. Many scientists believe it to be a form a meditation and have shown that it can actually make you a happier person. As most of us are constantly looking at computer screens or engrossed in our smartphones, taking the time to really enjoy what nature has to offer is one of the best ways to reconnect with ourselves, de-stress and reevaluate everything we have going on.
One of my favorite places to watch a sunset here in Boston is Deer Island. This island sits just northeast of the city in Boston Harbor and has a great view of the city skyline with the sun setting behind it. It also has great walking trails and an outlook to sit at. Here are some pics from my most recent sunset excursion there (the city is down in the bottom left hand corner)…
So that’s you’re first to-do in the sunset picnic adventure: find you own beautiful spot! West facing beaches, lakes, meadows, tops of hills/mountains… anywhere you can see the west facing skyline (just be safe and check conditions before-hand).
What’s next on the to-do list? First is something to sit in or lay on. I love a good comfy blanket or beach chair. Whatever makes you comfortable, so you can sit back and relax! Secondly and probably more importantly, is the food! There are so many great options out there for a picnic by a sunset. Of course, there are the staples and classic go-to’s like cheese, crackers and fruit. You could also try something more romantic like champagne, strawberries and chocolate. Make things more interesting and prepare one of these delicious sandwiches ahead of time (102 options to be precise) or enjoy tortilla or pita chips (remember Higher Number = Better Nutrition!) with your favorite homemade dips like guacamole or hummus. Another great portable idea is a smoothie! This allows you to just stare at the sunset while you enjoy your tasty treat. No utensils or hand-eye coordination required!
The biggest thing to remember is to relax and just be present. Leave your phone in the car and embrace the beauty and awe of nature (and perhaps whomever you brought with you)!
Enjoy! – StephanieShare on Social Media