Self-Care Outside Tip #1: Bring a book and read
There is something so tranquil about diving into a really good book while surrounded by nature. Next time you get some time in nature, carve out 30 minutes to practice self-care outside and read. It will calm your mind and leave you feeling incredibly at peace, a huge win for anyone pursuing a better self-care regimen.
A few book recommendations for anyone looking for a new read: Women Who Run With the Wolves written by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Milk and Honey written by Rupi Kaur as well as The Sun and Her Flowers written by Rupi Kaur, Braving the Wilderness written by Brené Brown (and really anything written by Brené Brown), and Neon Soul, written by Alexandra Elle. Happy reading!
Self-Care Outside Tip #2: Bring a journal or a sketchbook
For similar reasons to the previous recommendation of reading, writing or drawing can be incredibly therapeutic and a staple in anyone’s self-care outside routine. Bringing a sketchbook along can be a fun way to draw your surroundings, and can increase your appreciation for the surrounding landscapes. Bringing a journal along can be a personalized way to express yourself and work through your emotional state, which can be an interesting exercise when in nature. Although journaling can feel incredibly vulnerable because it requires that you address your emotional health, it can be greatly beneficial in getting to know yourself better and in taking care of your mind and soul.
If you’ve ever opened a journal and stared at the blank page without a clue where to start, check out this list of journaling prompts that will help get you started.
Self-Care Outside Tip #3: Drink coffee, or tea.
Albeit incredibly simple, one of my favorite little pleasures is drinking coffee outside. Option one, the easier option, is brewing coffee at home, putting it in a thermos, and drinking it outside. Option two, my preferred method, is brewing my coffee outside. How? I’m a sucker for the AeroPress. It makes my coffee smooth and so satisfying. For this, it won’t be for everyone as not everyone has the resources. However, if you can, I definitely recommend investing in some of the gear I’m about to mention.
There is something so blissful about brewing my coffee outside and enjoying it in nature. To do this, I use my JetBoil to boil water incredibly fast. I then follow the typical AeroPress procedure, usually involving my favorite Hotbox Roasters coffee. From there, I brew and enjoy. Brewing coffee, for me, can be quite ritualistic and it certainly a part of my self-care otuside routine. It’s my favorite part of every morning. Doing it in nature only makes it 10x better. You should try it out.
Self-Care Outside Tip #4: Meditate or stretch in silence