Do you regularly feel tired, depressed or just not right? Are you doing the right things eating well and looking after your body, and yet you still feel, well, like everything is a bit of a struggle? The truth is – you need to nourish your soul.
A month ago I was having these issues. I’d been eating well, I’ve left my job to become a digital entrepreneur dictating my hours and loving it, and everything was going well in life – but I was neglecting myself.
Going into the new year, I decided I needed to make sure my cup was full – and when I did this – my energy increased, my creativity increased, my productivity increased and my anxiety decreased.
These were just for starters – I also noticed I enjoyed being around my children more – my husband was getting more…. erm….. happy time 😀 and I was just so much happier in my skin.
So how can you nourish your soul?
It’s actually a lot easier than you think – but the key is consistency.
If you can do this every day then great – but I find 3 -4 times a week is enough
I allow myself up to 2 hours – and the allowing part is important – do not begrudge yourself this time. I know you probably think that you have a million things you can do in that time – but don’t – trust me this is more important.
- Always start with a meditation. Guided ones can help to keep you on track. There are lots of smart phone apps or MP3’s you can download to help you – just find one you like. Or if you have the discipline – just sit in stillness. Do at least 20 minutes.
- Spend at least 10 minutes visualising how your perfect day will look or a dream that makes you feel joyful.
- Do something to raise your heartbeat for 20 – 30 minutes – this could be a full on work out or a brisk walk. Go with whatever level of fitness is appropriate for you.
- Dedicate at least 30 minutes to reading. Preferably self development as this will inspire and help you to grow. Even listening to audio books or podcasts is a great option – you can multi task and listen while you are walking / running, driving to get the kids from school or cooking the dinner!
- Do something that is good for the soul. Perhaps something that you loved to do as a child – drawing or playing a musical instrument. Maybe it’s allowing yourself time for a hot bath or simply a walk in nature.
I can guarantee within a few days you will feel a complete shift in your wellbeing. You will benefit and so will the people around you. To nourish your soul is not a selfish act, but a selfless one.
If you’re a busy parent – I do hear you, and sometimes it’s hard, but trust me when I say this will enhance all aspects of your life.
See Mindfulness Hacks for Busy People to help you add some more great practices into your life.