While important, it can be easy to get sucked into the all-consuming news and chatter about the Coronavirus and to spend hours and hours each day reading and watching the coverage. Maybe it's time to put down your phone, turn off the television, and allow yourself to get outside and away from it all for a while to cleat your mind and reset your soul. But, where should you go?

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One of the best ways to clear your head is to step away from the chaos and into nature and New York is encouraging people to do just that. If you're looking for an easy way to get information on hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, and other outdoor activities in New York State, there's an app for that.

The New York Fish and Wildlife app is compatible with iPhones and with Android devices and was created by the Department of Environmental Conservation in partnership with Parks By Nature Network at no cost to the state or to anyone who downloads the app so that's a win-win.

In a press release, Governor Andrew Cuomo explained that the app provides, "advanced GPS mapping features as well as many other features to maximize any outdoor adventure, including detailed species information, news, advisories and weather alerts, social networking and photo sharing, and cache-able map tiles for offline use."

You can grab the app for free from your app store or at the Pocket Ranger website, and then...get out and explore all that New York has to offer!

Here are some tips for self-care during the pandemic:

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