A few weeks ago, I decided to go camping for a weekend and it was such an amazing experience. Working in the mental health can be very challenging sometimes and I get overwhelmed with life very quick. Now one thing I learned in grad school was that self-care is extremely important. It’s so easy for me to neglect the idea of taking care of myself when I’m swap with things to do. I needed a peace of mind and even though camping was something “simple” to do, it felt like luxury. Growing up in inner city life as I a child, camping was never an option on my “fun” list of things in the summer. So of course going camping at the age of 24 for the FIRST time in LIFE was a HUGE deal!
Not one skyscraping building on site! that made me nervous! Curvy roads, no city lights, no food markets, no gas stations, water wells, endless land, bear, not a public school, corner store insight and most importantly, phone reception. “What the fuck, how am I going to survive?” was the thought lingering!
After a two-hour drive, we arrived at the camp site. My heart sunk, I felt like I was in a really bad old horror movie. We weren’t allowed to shower, the camps had spiders and the toilet…. well I just leave that one alone. I assumed that this was going to be a back experience, but it was TOP ten the best things I’ve ever done.
This was a great way to immerse myself in nature for the weekend! Hiking was the only thing I wanted to do. Hiking was so exciting, my mood changed and I became less stressed. Admiring the scenery, the distance hiking up the mountain didn’t matter. I felt nothing but freedom.
By dark, my concerns were no longer concerns. I enjoyed being unavailable, I enjoyed not having to worry about anything, I enjoyed the sound of the streams, the frogs, night creatures and whistling wind. I enjoyed lighting a campfire, bonding with strangers and telling stories. Most of all, I enjoyed meditating, connecting with myself, stargazing and having peace.
I was rejuvenated after this trip, I wished I went camping as kid. When you avoid things that make you feel mentally and physically well, little things will take a toll on you. Self-care only works when you listen to your body without resistance. My body was telling me I needed a break and it was time to do something for me! I was relaxed, free and I felt great. Always take care of yourself, listen to your body and NEVER put yourself last…