For Covid Coping, Spend More Time in Nature and Less Online

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This was inspired by a post on fellow blogger Tony’s site: “Regular dose of nature may improve mental health during COVID-19 pandemic“. I would have reblogged it but the Worpdress reblog widget was acting up today. The people I know that are coping well during Covid, especially due to the ongoing necessity for shutdowns, are getting outdoors more often. Those I know who aren’t, spend lots of time online, repeatedly checking things like Covid status and the stock market.

For Covid Coping, Spend More Time in Nature and Less Online 1

The healing effect of getting out in nature has been known since long before Covid. In Asia it is popular to do forest bathing. A city park or garden will do nicely for this as well as more rural natural settings. Being in a beautiful setting while fussing with your phone (which I often see people doing) does not count. Getting out in nature has been my go-to technique for coping and avoiding “cabin fever” during Covid . The only time I could not get out much was when we were having bad air due to the wildfires, and I really missed it.

A nice walk in nature is the ticket, in all weather. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes“.

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