Time in nature is an essential aspect of self-care. Especially when we are caring for others.
Nature does something for you that no other form of self-care can do: It cleanse, grounds, and connects you with the essence of all the elements.
This ultimately creates a more centered mind, body, soul connection which increases health, vitality, and the ability to be present. All crucial states for a caregiver to be in.
The more you nourish yourself, the better you can nourish others.
Spending time in nature is a lot easier said than done for many people. We don’t all live within easy access of the beach, forest, mountains, or a park. We also all don’t have the time in our schedules to go to nature. Of course we can always remember to look up at the sky, gaze out the window at the clouds or delight in the trees that line a street.
There are many ways to add nature to your daily life when the nature you crave isn’t within reach. Here are some of my favorites…
- Make your phone, computer, and iPad background your favorite photo of nature. That way, every time you look at your technology device you will be reminded of somewhere healing, calm, and positive.
- Set your alarm to nature sounds. We often fall asleep to nature sounds, so why not wake up to birds chirping or waves crashing? Your bedroom might not be on the beach but you can make it sound that way.
- Open a window first thing when you wake up. Breathe in the fresh air and let the natural light of the sun be the first light you see.
- Have your breakfast and drink your coffee or tea in the most “natural feeling” area of your home. This could be by a window, near some plants, or even by photos of nature that hang in your home. Just taking a moment to connect with a natural environment in any way can be a grounding start to your day.
- Create your own nature in your home. Create a plant corner or spread plants around your house. Fill a jar with sand and sea shells. Collect pretty treasures you find on hike and make a centerpiece with them. Or simply keep fresh flowers in a vase. Brining nature into your home is a way to create a calming space that can recharge you.