For Self-Care, Turn to Your Mother—Mother Nature

What if I told you that I have a prescription that can help you and your children lessen anxiety, inspire creativity, and help you get active? We’ve heard of the traditional forms of self-care: massage, pedicure, and girls’ night. But what if I told you the ultimate self-care is right outside of your house? Nature is healing. It is essential. Nature is self-care. Luckily as Omaha residents, we are never too far away from our very own natural self-care.

Nature Lessens Anxiety

Nature can lessen anxiety and depression. Those who find time to get out for a walk or a hike are more likely to feel at peace and find their inner calm. The horrible headlines cannot reach us outdoors. Politics and social media don’t matter when we’re breathing in the fresh air, running with our kids, or listening to the sounds of the birds.

Another benefit of nature is providing a reprieve from the stress of ADHD. If you or your child suffers from ADHD symptoms, nature has been known to increase concentration by giving the part of our brain that stresses about focus and concentration a much-needed break. In this buzzing, busy world, we can find our peace and quiet outside.


Being in a forest or a park increases creativity for moms AND kids. No screen or clock is dictating our actions, just the breeze, the sun, and the trees accompanying us as we walk, run, or play. Nature and creativity go hand-in-hand, so when you’re feeling stuck on a problem in your life or a project you can’t seem to get right, the sounds of the forest or the view of the river may be all you need for inspiration. Nature promotes a sense of wonder that is healthy and infinite. Our children seem to know this! We could all take some notes from them about living in the moment and being inspired by our surroundings.

Self care in Nature

With all the expensive self-care treatments in this world, nature has always been there for us. It holds the remedy for what ails us. It’s quiet, patient, healing, and inspiring! It’s everything we need to be as mothers. Find your calm and visit your mother. Mother Nature, that is. 


Tessa A. Adams is a graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Masters in reading. She is a language arts and creative writing teacher and is the co-author of the blog She has three children and when she is not mothering or teaching, she is writing. Her work can be found in Fine Lines Literary Journal, Huff Post Parents, Empty Sink Publishing, Route 7 Review, Sammiches and Psychmeds, THAT Literary Review, The Sunlight Press, xoJane, and