On day 122 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored working in the yard to support the environmental dimension of my health.
Since moving to the Pacific Northwest four years ago, the month of May has marked the start of the season for outdoor living. The plentiful daylight hours make doing yard work, hiking, fishing, picnicking (essentially anything that allows us to take advantage of the beautiful weather) irresistible.
I have to admit that yard work here isn’t nearly as intense as in other places we’ve lived. In fact, as soon as we realized our property didn’t have a blade of grass on it, we promptly traded our lawnmower for a case of wine. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other home maintenance projects to keep us busy.
But yard work can be physically demanding, and that’s why I consider it self-care.
We spent the weekend spreading 6 cubic yards of mulch — during which time we promptly discovered that our near-40-year-old bodies aren’t quite as robust as our 20-year-old bodies once were. The next morning, we both felt like we had spent a full day at the gym. (Ouch!)
Nevertheless, we accomplished what we set out to, and spent the rest of the day enjoying our spruced-up living space.
Working in the yard doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore – it’s more like a free workout.