Rosario Dawson on her Latina roots and how being outdoors is a ‘natural antidepressant’

Rosario Dawson’s perspective on life is all about loving care, which she pours into her work. (Photo: Getty Images; design by Quinn Lemmers)

The Unwind is Yahoo Life’s wellbeing series. Experts, influencers, and celebrities share their approaches to wellness and mental health, from self-care rituals to setting healthy boundaries to the mantras that keep them afloat. Rosario Dawson is a woman who wears many hats. She’s won hearts and inspired action through the plethora of roles she plays — as an actress, activist, mother, and organizer — and her latest partnership, with Tom’s of Maine’s “Get Into Nature” initiative, aims to show kids the vital role they play in protecting the planet by getting them to step outside.   Here, the actress opens up about her own experiences with the great outdoors and how they’ve shaped her overall wwellbeingas an individual and as a mom.

Rosario Dawson's perspective on life is all about loving care, which she pours into her work. (Credit: Getty. Designed by Quinn Lemmers)

What is getting out into nature look like for you now, as a parent?

It’s so wild because I remember so much when I was a kid, you know, my parents were so adamant about spending time in community gardens, and we would do picnics. Mother’s Day was always a special thing because we would go camping, which was bizarre for my neighborhood. When you went past 14th Street, it was like, “Yeah, we went upstate, yo. We went over the bridge to see trees!” Now it’s so great to do that with my daughter and see firsthand how much that makes a difference in her personal development.

Can you tell us more about that impact on your daughter Lola?

I adopted her when she was 11. She had a lot of challenges coming out of foster care and from her past, and we’ve been really conscious. It’s intentional about our outdoor activities and making sure we’re going hiking and going for walks, having picnics, bike rides, all of that stuff. She’s been at this school where they use the outdoors for therapy, so she’s been whitewater rafting and learning how to work with horses. And I’m telling you, it’s a night and day difference from when she first came to live with us to where she is now. It has made such a huge impact.

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a 26-year-old government politician who enjoys bowling, running and jigsaw puzzles. She is creative and exciting, but can also be very greedy and a bit greedy.She is an australian Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a post-graduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is allergic to grasshoppers.

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