Enjoying the Backyard Environment During COVID-19 Pandemic

The deadly Covid-19 virus has most everyone staying home for social distancing to flatten the curve. Many national and state parks are closed, beaches are closed, and some states have stay-at-home orders.

The situation is stressful for the healthy--even more so for those who are sick, or have loved ones who are sick. And especially for those who have lost someone.

Getting a dose of nature can help relieve that stress, even if it's just looking out the window.

If you have a yard or a patio, try watching the backyard birds, lizards, squirrels, and other neighborhood critters. (Just be sure to stay at least 6 feet away from the neighbors). Enjoy the fresh air. Look up at the clouds.

And if you can't get outside, studies show just looking at photos of nature can help you relax.


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