How Nature Can Inspire More Mindfulness
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.
Ever since I was young, I’ve loved wandering off in nature.
Whether it be exploring the backyard while my parents weren’t looking only to walk directly into a hornet’s nest, or running to the ocean when the tide was out and face-planting immediately into the water. Wandering has always been my thing.
I’m not sure whether it’s my sense of curiosity or my tendency to get distracted easily, but I love exploring the unfamiliar. Though I wouldn’t label myself as outdoorsy (despite the odd hiking adventure every now and again), I love to be outside in nature. There’s always something new to discover when you’re in the great unknown.
The need to explore
These days, it’s hard for me to satisfy my need to explore because I’m cooped up in an office during the week. I would love nothing more than being able to roam freely through meadows and forests to find what’s out there, but the truth is, I have little time to do that.
Because I need at least a glimpse of nature in my life daily, I make sure I go for a walk every day on my lunch break. You’ve probably heard me mention this time and time again, and that’s because it’s a non-negotiable in my life that must happen or I’ll go insane and bite people’s heads off. Okay, maybe not that insane.
Connecting to nature daily
Each day, I take a walk around the neighborhoods and breathe in the nature around me. I see the trees towering above me. I hear the birds chirping and calling to one another. Sometimes I get caught in rainstorms, but that just adds to the fun.
In the spring, tulips and tree blossoms line the sidewalks, and I even get to see Mount Rainier peeking out from the clouds in the distance.
Even though I work just outside of a main city, I’m lucky enough to be in the Evergreen state where there are trees everywhere I look.
Refocus and find calm
Finding a way to connect to nature daily, even for just 30 minutes, is so important to me. Connecting with nature gives me the freedom to explore and the encouragement to be mindful. I am able to refocus and find a moment of calm during my busy day when I am with nature.
One of my favorite quotes which really sums up the admiration I have for nature is this:
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
We are so busy in our lives, rushing around to get everything done and stressing ourselves out with our to-do lists. But when we look at nature, we see that everything moves slowly. There is no rush. Nature knows that everything will work out, no matter how much time it takes.
For this exact reason, nature inspires me to slow down, stay mindful, and recognize that everything that is meant to happen will happen.
Bringing nature home
Because connecting with nature is a part of my daily self-care routine, I also love finding ways to bring nature into my home. I’ve partnered with Tom’s of Maine at Target to share their new line of Natural Body Wash and bar soaps made with rich botanicals and ingredients derived entirely from plant sources available in Target stores and on Target.com.
Tom’s of Maine is offering the Natural bar soaps you love with new & improved fragrances and special, featured ingredients. The new variants include Creamy Coconut and Lavender Tea Tree (available in both body wash and bar soap) and an exclusive to Target variant Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free soap with aloe vera. The new bar soaps will continue to feature Rainforest Alliance Certified palm oil.
Nourish your skin with plants
I’m a big fan of the Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free soap with aloe vera because my skin is prone to rashes and eczema. Since the Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free formula is sulfate-free, paraben-free, with no artificial fragrances or preservatives, I find that my skin feels more nourished and calm after I use it.
It’s important that my skincare routine include sulfate and paraben-free products because harsh chemicals definitely take their toll on my skin. Luckily Tom’s of Maine new bar soaps are triple milled and precisely formulated to be gentle on skin, while maintaining your skin’s natural moisture.
Keepin’ it sustainable
For those who are interested in sustainability and eco-friendly products, the new bar soaps have more sustainable packaging, and you’ll get 25% more soap per bar. Pretty awesome, if you ask me!
If you’re interested in bringing some nature into your daily skincare routine, you can find Tom’s of Maine products in the personal care area at your local Target and on the Tom’s of Maine Website. There is also a 20% off coupon available through Target’s Cartwheel app from 2/12-3/12. Check out the Cartwheel Offer here!
How does nature inspire you?
I’d love to know how nature inspires you, so leave a comment below or enter for a chance to win the Tom’s cleansing line by sharing how nature inspires you (use the hashtag #NaturallyInspired) and tag @tomsofmaine.