Vicente: Therapeutic nature

THE global pandemic has changed so many things.

All of a sudden, things seem to be so difficult and far from being normal. With the complications and restrictions, many have resorted to mostly indoor activities.

As soon as the restrictions loosened, many opted to go out just to save their remaining sanity.

Exercise has been so precious these past few months, as many resorted and enjoyed their couches by being lazy.

Many, however, still look forward to doing their exercises outdoors as well. Due to limitations in outdoor activities, many have tried doing their exercise routines at home but have succumbed to boredom and quit after jumping on to the bandwagon, joining online or virtual exercises hoping it could transition them to the “new normal” of exercise.

Eventually, after a few sessions, they lost their motivation, missing their outdoor routines and gym visits.

Now that restrictions have lightened, parks could be seen with enthusiasts, at first still confused with how to do their usual routines, eventually adhering to protocols like wearing face masks and distancing, taking into consideration that to enjoy the outdoors again, discipline is needed not only for their personal safety but also for others.

Joggers, breeze walkers, bikers and other sports buffs could be seen in parks, streets and almost everywhere outdoors, doing their longed outdoor activity.

And with the modular or homestay studies, many students could be seen outside doing exercises in the morning.

This is an indication that “no man is an island” and that men are natural nomads who love nature.

Perhaps, the best rehabilitation to combat depression brought about by the complications and restrictions of this pandemic is seeking the motivational, psychological and therapeutical effect of being with nature.

And while you are at it, explore. One can enjoy its soothing ambiance for wellness, offering its healing and peaceful wonders.

So, for everyone, if we have a chance to go out, walk in the woods, do your stretching in the parks, smell and enjoy the rejuvenated nature as if it has healed in the midst of this pandemic.


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