Self-Care Challenge (Day 164): Marveling

On day 164 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent a few minutes marveling at nature.

To marvel is to be filled with wonder or astonishment. And it certainly doesn’t take much to experience the marvelousness of nature, even if it means just taking a few moments to notice what’s around you.

I’ve written a lot about taking walks in nature, and as I approach the halfway point of this self-care challenge I’m discovering that nature is a core component of my personal self-care strategy. I need to feel connected to the natural world to be my best and to feel my best.

While hiking one of my favorite trails over the weekend, I noticed a couple of red headed woodpeckers. They’re certainly no strangers to our neighborhood, as I often hear them pecking away, sometimes from a distance and sometimes right in front of me.

They’re so loud that I sometimes mistake them for a neighbor hammering away on a project, until I shift my gaze upward and find the culprit pecking away. Who would believe something so small could make such a racket!?

Seeing animals thrive in their natural habitat is such a treat for me. It makes me happy.

Marveling at the beauty of nature is one of the simplest acts of self-care that I can undertake. It helps me reconnect with myself and the environment, and it reminds me that it’s not all about me.

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