Get outside and avoid the news

You can’t turn on the news, check social media, or just about do anything at all without hearing about a certain virus. But there is one place you can go to avoid all the bad news, and you’ll keep yourself safe while you’re at it.

It’s important to stay informed, and the virus dominating the news is certainly something to take seriously. But there’s only so much you can listen to. The trouble is, you can’t get away from it. You can’t go to the movies, you can’t go to a ball game, and a bunch of people can’t even go to work. You should stay at least six feet away from all other people, and you should avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

Sounds like a perfect time to go fishing. While you’re out there on the water, you can stay well away from other people. If you leave your cell phone in the truck, you won’t be tempted to check your Facebook and wind up going down the rabbit hole of bad news. If you catch some fish, you won’t have to worry about stopping at the grocery store on the way home, only to find out they still don’t have any hamburger or milk.

The fresh air will do you good, too. The fresh, quiet air. All you’ll hear is the chuckling of the water, maybe the breeze through the trees, and hopefully the splashing of a hooked trout from time to time.

If you don’t feel like fishing, take a hike. Find a trail and just start walking. Or hit those trails on your mountain bike. Go climbing in Vedauwoo or Sinks Canyon or wherever you like to go. Just get outside.

A little nature therapy would be good for all of us right now. It doesn’t matter what form that therapy takes, as long as it happens outside.

And remember, in this time of uncertainty and difficulty, be kind. Spread joy however you can. Lend a hand, help your neighbor. We’re all in this together.

Stay safe, and stay healthy.