As the CEO of Prospect Farms — a wellness brand in coastal Maine — I think a lot about how to help people stay calm. But like anyone, finding ways to actually feel calm between back-to-back zoom meetings, phone calls and endless to-do lists can be a challenge. Over the years, I’ve developed what I like to call an All Day Calm, All Day Long ritual to help me find moments of calm, promote well-being and support my overall mental health.
For me, the most crucial part of my All Day Calm, All Day Long ritual is getting outside with my dog Bixby.
Whether it is a short mind-clearing walk, morning run or hike, those moments outside, no matter how long, are everything to me in managing my mood. After all, no one feels worse after spending time with their dog outdoors! Your All Day Long, All Day Calm ritual may look different — and that’s okay. There’s no one-size-fits all solution here, instead, it's about finding what works for you.
Building Your All Day Calm, All Day Long Routine
Like anything you do to support your health, consistency is key. Finding time to get outside regularly is crucial to experiencing all of the calming mental health benefits the outdoors can bring. Start by scoping out where you can fit some adventure into your daily routine. (Pro tip: Take a hard look at how much time you’re spending on your phone if you’re hoping to carve a few more hours out of your day.) Then, build in smaller routines to help support an active lifestyle for you and if you have one, your pet.
Staying active is a critical part of supporting your mental health. Like the great team at Topo Designs, we believe that carving time out of your day to get outside and move your body is just as important as ticking off every item of your to-do list (sometimes even more) — and is something everyone should prioritize, no matter who you are, what you do or where you live.
Bixby & Brad’s Rituals
Bixby and I begin each day with a run (or more often a very brisk walk, that I like to call a ‘run’) along the Westside Highway when I’m in New York City or a trip to the beach when at our farm in the coastal Maine town of Prospect. Studies have shown that soaking up the sunshine is great for our mental health, and so is getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Additional studies also show that spending time with dogs can make you feel more relaxed and refreshed. In fact, being around our furry family members can lower your blood pressure and improve your mood (which I’d call a win-win)!
Throughout the day we’ll support these good vibes by incorporating Prospect Farms’ all-natural, organically-grown hemp products into our ritual, which are formulated with superfood oils, terpenes, and flavonoids designed to help you find your All Day Calm, All Day Long feeling.
For those still reading (hopefully now outside!) here’s what our routine looks like:
I start my day with Awaken, which combines full-spectrum hemp extract with uplifting terpenes like limonene to give me an energy boost without the caffeine jitters. Bixby starts his morning with our Bacon Mobility Drops (we’re both bacon guys) with his breakfast to get him moving.
When I start to feel stressed or could use an afternoon boost, I’ll always find time to step away from work, pause for 60 seconds to use our Balance tincture and have a short play session with Bixby. This moment of calm is a powerful ritual that helps improve my mood and promote mental focus.
After a full day, I’ll set us up for a good night’s sleep by giving him some of our Calming Drops with dinner and taking a dropperful of our Dream tincture (which is formulated with sleep-inducing linalool) to start winding down for bed. I’ll also rub one of our balms onto any achy muscles if in fact that brisk morning walk turned into a ‘run’ that day.
Find Your Outdoor Ritual
Finding what works for you might take some trial and error — but discovering how you like to get outside is all part of the fun. Whatever it is, the most important thing is to beget outside and prioritize anythese moments of calm for yourand mental health. Here are some ideas for how to get outside and find your own all day calm, all day long ritual.
Sometimes, something as simple as a short walk through your neighborhood with your dog is enough to soothe stress and reset.
There is nothing more relaxing than hanging out with your dog while surrounded by trees. We’re lucky to be surrounded by dense forests and nearby Acadia National Park at Prospect Farms, but you can get the same effect by heading to the nearest park. Breathe in the fresh air as you walk, jog or hike through the forest to get a mood boost and even an immunity boost.
Hitting the open road on my bike is one of my favorite ways to get outside. The post-ride “cycling high” has been shown to help improve mental health, boost self-esteem, and ease anxiety, depression and stress thanks to the rapid spread of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Plus, the regular, uniform movement of cycling has a relaxing effect on the brain, stabilizing both physical and mental function.
Getting in the water is Bixby’s personal favorite. We both love going for an ocean swim or out on a boat when we’re at Prospect Farms. No matter what type of water sports you’re into — they’re a great way to get your pup some exercise and for you to unplug. Plus, research shows that being near the water can have very real benefits for our mental and physical health.
Whether it's walking, hiking, swimming, rollerblading, or even hang-gliding, stay true to yourself and do what you love. In the end, the most important thing is that you’re outside and soaking up the sun with your best friend.
Ready to Get Out & Get Calm?
The life-changing benefits of spending time outside are something the teams at both Prospect Farms and Topo Design genuinely believe in — and is why we’re partnering together for our Mental Health Week initiative.
To help you make your new routine stick, Prospect Farms and Topo Designs have teamed up to give away one grand prize package consisting of a Topo Designs Gift Card worth $1,000 and a package of Prospect Farms CBD to keep you (and your pup!) calm all day long. Open to US residents ONLY. Contest closes on 10/19/2020 at 11:59EST. Enter HERE!
We’ll be sharing important stories about mental health all week — and would love for you to join in on the conversation. Follow along on social (@ProspectFarmsMaine) to get involved with our Mental Health Week initiatives, and stay tuned for a grand-prize giveaway on October 17. Can’t wait to see you out there!