WELCOME AND ENJOY
LOCALS LOVE THE LAND of Taos so much they can’t wait to get away from their screens and into nature. Whether hiking it, biking it, driving through it or painting it – Northern New Mexico is like no other place on earth.
We have our favorite rock outcropping or bend in the road, a special tree at a hilltop or walk along a certain stream. Monsoons have a special feel, as do simple drives in the countryside. All of which never ceases to spread joy like a smile through every cell in the body.
Many of our summer events and historical sites have been canceled or temporarily closed due to safety precautions (COVID-Safe Practices or CSPs) throughout the state. But social distancing, masks and frequent hand-sanitizing has proven highly effective as physical deterrents to spreading or contracting coronavirus, as Taos County’s numbers have shown.
It is well known by medical science that prolonged stress lowers immune systems, as reiterated in Psychology Today’s recent story on how unrelieved fear increases the risk of viral infections (“Your Panic is Increasing Your Risk,” March 14, 2020).
Being mindful of stressful thoughts and choosing to focus elsewhere, as in interacting with nature, exploring art galleries, shops, landmarks and historic sites, all qualify as reducing stress and building immune systems – the exact emotional component needed for healthy, happy people observing good physical distancing practices.
Remember, you deserve joy. You deserve laughter, fun and walks in the woods with those you love. Welcome to Taos and enjoy!
For more on COVID-Safe Practices in New Mexico, see “New Mexico Safe”