There’s no doubt the last several weeks have been stressful for everyone.
Working from home isn’t as cushy as many would believe and not working at all is even worse.
The stress of not knowing what each day will hold, and the fear of a complex virus that’s gripping the entire world, can take a toll on anyone.
With that said, it’s important to get outside to not only stay physically active, but to clear your head.
Even young children, who don’t understand everything that’s going on, feel a need to go outside after not being able to do normal things for so long.
My 2-year-old grandson has gotten into the habit lately of taking all his shoes out of his closet and lining them up right in the middle of the living room floor, where they won’t be missed.
It’s his way of telling his mom and dad he’s tired of being in the house day after day, week after week.
There are a lot of options for things to do outdoors if you look.
Our local parks are open, and while you can’t let your children climb on the playground equipment just yet, all the trails and other features are open.
A good, brisk walk or run helps to de-stress, and the parks offer plenty of room to do so.
Of course, you’ll need to ensure you practice social distancing (is anybody else sick of hearing that term?) in the process.
It just so happens to be spring turkey season, and that’s how I’ve been spending what free time I have.
It’s late April, of course, and that means good crappie fishing, too.
Both Wappapello and Clearwater lakes are good destinations for anglers, as are Duck Creek’s Pool 1 and Cypress Lake at Otter Slough.
A drive through the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge right now also is a great getaway. Take a camera, as you’ll likely see plenty of wildlife, wildflowers and some nice scenery.
The point of all this is simple - just get outside. Get out of the house and get some fresh air. Enjoy the outdoors, de-stress and clear your mind.