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September 6, 2015

Real Self-Care: Nature

This post is part of a month-long series on Real Self-Care for world-changers. It’s about the experimentation: figuring out what works for you and following your heart. Simple, messy and everything in between. Self-care should be custom, intuitive, feasible and kind – to serve your actual life.


One of the reasons I choose to live in the Bay Area is the proximity to gorgeous outdoor spaces. On any given day, I could go hiking in a redwood grove, stroll through my neighborhood and look at the wildflowers, or head to the beach.

Try unplugging, and just being with the outdoors, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day.

Being in the outdoors, even for an afternoon, is a great way to reconnect with the earth, with our breath and body, and (if you’re an environmentalist) your purpose. Breathe the fresh air. Get some sunlight on your face. Let your eyes soak up the beauty around you. Giving your body and mind some time out of the office, away from your screens can go a long way to re-wilding you and repairing what aches.

I get my best inspiration away from my computer and out in the world.

I’m lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, where I can snuggle with redwoods in the morning, letting my hands wander through the ferns on a hiking trail… And in the afternoon, I can squish my toes in the sand by the bay. We’re also close to gorgeous views in Santa Cruz, and only a few hours from Lake Tahoe.

Even if you don’t live in such a rich place for outdoor activities, you can bring the outdoors in with a small container garden.

Exposing ourselves to the natural world can help us feel connected to the all, a deeply healing experience.

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