A short walk on the Mossy Ridge at Warner Park is good medicine.
I never say Nature is for Healing, because “Nature” is not here to make people feel better. “Nature” has every right to exist for its own mysterious, necessary, world-turning processes.
BUT, I do say that paying attention to the natural world can mitigate some humans ills, and one of them is anxiety.
Bonus: our solo walks in the woods conform to Social Distancing guidelines. No one can sneeze on us, and we don’t touch anything but rocks and moss . . . and petals and leaves and tree buds . . . and acorns and bark.
Okay, my family touches everything but poison ivy (still leafless at the moment but with telltale cinnamon-colored buds)
and nettle (not common, but my kid met a patch last week and the stings hurt for 3 days).
And if you don’t happen to have a 3,000 acre Metro park to mess about in, remember that Sidewalk Nature is also Nature.
It can be as therapeutic and immersive, if not as grand.
This blog and my Instagram feed are dedicated to Sidewalk Nature. It’s what’s here with us, so we might as well Look Around.