Take an Adventure Break

September 09, 2016

Take an Adventure Break

We’ve all been there: Exhausted, overworked, and cooped up. The weekdays can seem like a marathon of to-do lists and deadlines. Meanwhile, in your 30 minutes of downtime you’re browsing “adventure porn” on Instagram and drooling. Somewhere, someone is doing something awesome outside and they even chose the perfect filter for it. Your weekend escape is barely enough to put you at ease. It’s a vicious cycle that can really dent in your spirit. Reality check: A 10 day excursion into the Blue Ridge Mountains is a luxury. Very few people can maintain a lifestyle of stringing those kinds of big adventures together. And while we fantasize about it on social media, the trade off for a life like that is a big one. How do friends and family fit into the “stoked and broke” mindset? Interested in parenthood? Career aspirations? These are mutually exclusive goals to the #vanlife fantasy.
But the takeaway from a big adventure is very transferable to a smaller one. It’s all about being present in the moment and absorbing it.
The answer that works best for us? Break your day up with small, tiny, micro, spontaneous, miniature adventures. It’s similar to the tiny home movement; stop thinking about the square footage and start focusing on the essentials that make it awesome. The idea is simple: You probably have a half an hour (maybe a little more) of free time in your day. You can’t  hike 5k feet in that amount of time, but you can certainly break your routine and walk the dog somewhere new. You can change the route you run each morning. Or in our case, you could pick up something entirely new to you like yoga or slackline. Need more examples? Surf before work. Go fishing on your lunch break. Swing by the rock gym and boulder for 40 minutes on your way home. Try a nighttime bike ride through your city to buy groceries instead of driving. Walk in the woods behind your house at 5 A.M and try to spot a deer. Go out for dinner by finding a good (legal) spot to have a campfire, and cook a meal over that. At the bare minimum, drink your morning coffee or have happy hour with your feet in the ocean. Try and shoot a landscape photo somewhere new every couple days. Flowfold tiny adventur2
In short: The adventure is not measured by the time commitment you make. It is measured by the quality of your experience, regardless of the length of time. It's about moments, not a timeline.
The benefits of tiny adventures are plenty: We feel less daily stress because we’ve created a habit of allowing ourselves time to relax and tune it out each day. We get some exercise and our brains process something fresh and new. We make the adventure an opportunity to see friends and family, spend time with the dog, or even be alone. Best part? Tiny adventures do not derail the rest of life’s priorities in an effort to get outside, they enhance them by recharging the attitude you bring to the table.

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