Redefining How We Access Natural Areas — For Wellness

5 min readApr 9, 2020

Part Two — Essential For Our Wellbeing

Gorba trailhead April 7th 2020 — AREA CLOSED

I just went to a local natural area, which is close to home, and wanted to go for my daily walk in nature, only to find that it’s been closed off.

Dare I risk the up to $10,000 fine and now trespass where a day ago I took refuge? I think that the consequence might be a little dramatic and over-the-top, however, I do believe it’s important to follow the directive right now.

I understand that many people are fearful and that “snap decisions” are being made, because we’re not well prepared for this crisis — obviously.

So my questions are; why change what we’re doing, what have we learned so far, and finally how can we innovate solutions?

Why change what we’re doing?

From my belief, understanding, and experience — during times of stress and trauma we need to access nature more than ever. What better way to find holistic relief?

I believe access to natural areas could and should be considered essential for our wellbeing — especially during this pandemic.

For sure we need to practice physical distancing, practice proper hygiene, and we shouldn’t be out in public if we’re sick.

What have we learned from this so far?

As I imagine most of us have — I’ve been learning about the possible detrimental effects of this virus on us.

It’s quite evident that people with a compromised immune system are most vulnerable to this menace.

What’s maybe not so immediately evident is that stress compromises our immune response capability.

Imagine trying to keep health minded people inside for a few months with little or no exercise, minimal exposure to sunlight, and unlimited access to the the news/media.

Will this make us more vulnerable to COVID-19 or other diseases going forward and what other potential consequences are there?

Without getting into a really deep and dark spiel about the negative affects of confining people indoors, especially now that it’s spring in the northern hemisphere and going into summer, I do believe it’s important to…


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