November 11, 2023

Use an Anticipate and Care Prevention Mindset To Manage Safety for Extraordinary Nature Walking Experiences 11112023

by Stephen Hobbs in wellth movement  | 0 Comments

Use an Anticipate and Care Prevention Mindset 

To Manage Safety for Extraordinary Nature Walking Experiences

Audience: Those shaping and sharing (while living and leaving) a legacy project (with its stories & contributions) for the world and/or with the planet like… SoloAgers - Empty Nesters - Continuing Educators - Professionals - Retired Creators - Olders as Elders - Grandparents - Intergenerational Contributors - and YOU!

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A Prevention Mindset is 80+% of Every Nature Walk.  Actually, for any outdoor activity! Is this true for YOU? 

Prevention is the process of planning for and/or implementing decisions to prevent the causes of emergency situations. Through this mental (emotional) process you manage risks by decreasing the potential for emergencies and the effects they have on you and those with whom you travel. 

Therefore, it’s important you know what it means to be safe and you keep that picture forefront in your head and heart as you experience the outdoors, no matter the activity.

This same insight must apply to those who walk with you. Too often others are invited or persons are met along the walk that don’t have the same prevention mindset. 

Prevention involves a behavior shift. It requires you to view and review the risk associated with the activity/activities in which you will engage. 

By adopting a prevention mindset you will see how variables like the following will affect your behavior and that of your fellow walkers:

  1. level of active (energetic, loud) play or involvement
  2. awareness of the activity 
  3. knowledge/skill of potential and real danger 
  4. use (and misuse) of equipment 
  5. group pressure to be more than what you know and can do 
  6. desire not to be embarrassed in front of others
  7. location of the activity 
  8. confidence in the activity 
  9. involvement in decisions to go on or not to go on 
  10. perception of how far and how long to go 
  11. being brutally honest about your health 
  12. asking others to be honest about their health 
  13. challenging your personal limits as a participant 
  14. challenging your decision making when managing a group

Reflection On Activity

Take each variable listed above and ask yourself ‘So what, Now what?”
To help you, keep a mental picture of your upcoming outdoor activity as you answer the two-part question.

Having gone through the 14 points, use your ideas to form and adopt a prevention mindset suitable for you and that relates to the activity in which you will engage.

Remember: The next time, the next nature walk may require a revised prevention mindset. Repeat above!

Clarification and Commitment

Taking the prevention mindset concept and practices a step further, consider this extension to the presentation above:

A prevention mindset involves adopting a proactive Anticipate and Care (rather than React and Cure) approach to lessen potential risks or challenges to ensure a safe and enjoyable nature walk.
It is characterized by a focus on pre-emptive actions and precautions to prevent illness, injuries, or disruptions.
In the context of nature walking, individuals with a prevention "Anticipate and Care" mindset prioritize safety by considering factors such as terrain, weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and personal well-being.

You walk with Clarity from Consistency and Communicate from Commitment to these...

7 Checklist Elements for Anticipate and Care Nature Walking

  1. Preparedness:
    _Take the time to plan and prepare for the nature walk
    _Consider factors like the chosen trail, expected weather conditions, and the duration of the walk

  2. Safety Equipment:
    _Ensure the presence of essential safety equipment, such as a well-equipped first aid kit, suitable clothing and footwear, and navigation tools - thus reference to "prevention backpack"

  3. Risk Awareness:
    _Remain conscious of potential risks and hazards in the natural environment, including uneven terrain, slippery surfaces, or changes in weather
    _Take appropriate measures to mitigate these risks

  4. Environmental Coherence:
    _Respect and follow environmental guidelines and regulations
    _Respect wildlife, insects, plants, etc....... 
    _Ensure Leave No Trace principles
    _Minimize your impact on the ecosystem and maintain its natural balance

  5. Communication:
    _Inform others about the planned route, estimated return time, and any potential changes in plans
    (especially as a solo walker)

  6. Continuous Monitoring:
    _Remain vigilant throughout the nature walk to all variables
    _Adjust plans accordingly
    _Identify and manage risks in real-time,
    _Make informed decisions for a smoother and more enjoyable nature walking experience

  7. Personal Well-being:
    _Consider factors such as fitness levels, health conditions, and individual limitations
    _Set realistic goals for the walks, promoting an enjoyable experience
    _Minimize the risk of physical strain or health-related issues

Preparing for Safe and Confident Nature Walking Experiences... What’s core to your involvement in the outdoors is developing and following a safer preparation approach. It’s all about enjoying the experiences, about coming back with a smile on your face and not bandages on your arms. #NatureWalking #BehaviorChecklist. 

Preparing for Safe and Confident Nature Walking Experiences

3 Safety Acronyms When and Where You Are Walking with Nature… even in a Forested Urban Park, actually these acronyms apply everywhere. Acronyms are MAPLE (MAPLES) - before the walk, SAFER - during the walk, and STOMA - if an emergency arises. #naturewalking #walkingwithnature #safetymatters #saferpractices

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