We all have times in our lives when our souls feel a bit depleted. As we discussed last week, there is a ritual you can complete to achieve wholeness when feeling that disparity. But what can you do to prevent yourself from getting to that extreme point again? The key is to check in with your soul regularly and provide it with nourishment.
How Our Souls Get Depleted
With the busy pace of life and all we each take on, it’s easy to understand how we can feel discombobulated. Here are a few ways that your soul can experience burnout:
- Giving too much of yourself to others and not getting enough in return
- Not intentionally taking time for yourself
- Maintaining too rigorous of a schedule; always staying on the go
- Carrying too much stress
- Worrying about situations in our lives
Ways to Feed the Soul
To keep ourselves from experiencing the extreme effects of soul loss, it’s important to nourish our souls regularly. Nourishment is different for everyone and simply involves something you enjoy or that brings you peace — that feeling where you say “Ahhhh” and feel your body relax as tension seeps away. You know what I’m talking about! Take a look at the list below, pull ideas that work for you and create your own soul-feed list. Then practice items on it as often as you need to in order to feel at peace and together.
- Meditate – This is a favorite for its stress-reducing and health benefits. Dedicated meditation practitioners swear by the whole-life benefits they receive from regular practice.
- Have a cup of tea – I don’t know what it is about the practice of steeping a cup of your favorite tea and savoring it slowly, but it definitely nourishes my soul.
- Take a bath – A long hot bath is one of the most relaxing practices. Add some Epsom salts to it and replenish your body’s magnesium levels, as well. Magnesium helps your body cope with physical and mental stress.
- Read a book – Get lost in a book. When you’re reading and absorbed in a story, your mind gets a break from the rigors of daily life. It truly is an escape!
- Take a walk – There’s scientific evidence that shows how being around trees is healthful. Visit a park and stroll through a nature trail. You’ll absorb the goodness of the outdoors while physically caring for your body.
- Volunteer – For some this might sound like adding a commitment to the calendar, but for others helping others truly feeds the soul.
- Declutter – If clutter makes you stressed, it can be very cleansing and healing to get rid of the excess around you.
- Practice yoga – The mind/body benefits of yoga are too vast to list. Take a class or stream a video online and give it a try!
- Listen to music – Favorite tunes can provide us with a mental escape and deliver favorite memories, too.
- Get a massage – Receiving a massage reminds every muscle in your body to relax. As your body relaxes, it allows your mind to rest, as well.
- Pet a puppy – Or a dog, cat or kitten. Interacting with animals is proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. And those cute little faces definitely nourish the soul!
- Spend time with a child – If you need a different point of view or a change in your outlook, there is no one better qualified to help you with that than a child. Get lost in their world of play for a short time and experience their joy. Soak it in.
No matter which activity you choose, nourishing your soul is a key to wellness. You are worth it. Place yourself on the same level of value upon which you place your friends and family. Fill your well often, so you can continue to live, love and give to others. And if you need guidance and help in this area — or any other area of your life — let’s talk. Together we can create a plan to bring peace and wellness to your life every day.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.