Editor’s Note: In light of recent events, please check with each venue to ensure that it is open prior to visiting.
Like many people in our community, I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few weeks trying to figure out where the line is between caution and panic. As we watched one notice after another flow in about closures, postponements, and cancellations due to the coronavirus, I found myself appreciating that so many companies big and small took time to send updates about shifts in their practices, their commitment to consumers, and how they were looking to help. Look for discounts on takeout food at many local restaurants, more free shipping options, waived fees for rescheduling, and increased access to digital choices.
It’s easy to get swept up in anxiety. I spent far too much time checking my phone for updates this weekend and still missed a few. But when I went outside this morning and saw kids on their bikes and families out walking together, I felt an enormous sense of relief. I hope we can all find some benefit in a shift of perspective.
Since we don’t have our normal schedules of events and commitments, we figured we’d take this opportunity to remind you of some of the things we’ve covered recently that might help manage stress and not be dangerous for you or your family.
- Getting outside is a marvelous idea, rain or no rain. Our feature about local gardens will give you some tips about places near you.
- A hike is a great option for keeping fit when gym hours and classes are limited. Here are 10 O.C. trails you can try.
- Not a hiking person? A stroll around your city or a new area will lift your spirits. Try one of these 10 walks we love.
- If you’d rather stay dry and in your own space, maybe listening to your favorite podcast or some motivating music, there’s no better way than a good drive. Find a meandering path or a long stretch down the coast with this guide to our favorite drives in Orange County.
Most of all, we hope you’re staying safe, connecting with family and friends via phone or electronically, and catching up on your reading!