Many of you are, I suppose, stuck at home due to lockdowns designed to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus…
The present lockdowns are not what any of us want, but they are what we need right now, and they will likely stretch on much longer than we want them to. How do we stay healthy and sane under this imposed social isolation? Here are a few ideas, and some reading recommendations for each idea.
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7) Get Outside
As long as we are keeping healthy social distances and not touching surfaces that others have recently touched, it is good and healthy for us to get outside. Exercise or do something creative (landscaping, drawing, painting, etc.) Watch birds or other wildlife. Read a book, even. The fresh air and sunshine will be good for us.
For many of us, thinking about the future conjures up images of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: a post-apocalyptic dystopia stripped of nature. Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into a larger movement that will touch every part of society. This New Nature Movement taps into the restorative powers of the natural world to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.
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