Strolling for self-care
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens introduces a program for first responders and others to combat anxiety and stress
If there’s ever been a time for destressing outside, it’s now.
Combining mindfulness and the serenity of nature, Morkikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is presenting a free garden-walking initiative to promote self-care as well as physical and emotional wellness. The Stroll for Well-being, which starts later this month, is particularly encouraged for healthcare providers and other first responders and is open to those seeking relief from stress and anxiety.
“Through this pandemic, we have realized an even greater need to make our programming more accessible to members of our community dealing with anxiety, stress and mental exhaustion,” says Wendy Lo, Curator of Education at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. “Healthcare providers and first responders are struggling in ways that threaten their mental health like never before and we hope to provide a channel by which participants can find some time for reflection and serenity.”
After completing an online application, participants will take part in a socially distanced orientation where they receive a stroll journal that promotes self-examination, personal fulfillment and meditation through themed, meditative walks.