Refresh your Mind, Body and Spirit

Most of us have at least a couple of habits that aren’t working; we surf our phones too much, don’t eat right or sleep less than we’d like.

Many people live in a state of chronic stress. This can take a huge toll on your mental and physical health.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. All of this leads to the state of our wellness: mind, body and spirit. Recognize that your mind, body and spirit are connected and it is important to find ways to nurture yourself to feed all three.

Since most people have numerous responsibilities and limited time, engage in self-nurturing activities that give you the biggest bang for your buck.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Pause — During each day, look for natural pauses like waiting in traffic, standing in line for your coffee or waiting for your tea in the morning. Use these moments to be still: don’t reach for your phone. Take a breath instead and think.

Be creative — Creativity connects and nourishes our minds, bodies and spirits, and you don’t have to be a professional artist. Express yourself with drawing, coloring, painting or even origami. Expressing your creativity is a wonderful self-nurturing practice.

Garden — Gardening is a wonderful way to refresh your mind and get a bit of exercise at the same time. You don’t need a small farm either, just a few pots or a raised bed for planting herbs and vegetables. It’s a wonderful feeling to see them grow with your nurturing.

Pamper yourself — Take time for a mani-pedi, get a facial or a massage. Treat yourself to what makes you feel good, especially if that’s a full day at a resort spa. Rather than go with friends, make it a solitary experience and focus on your thoughts, leaving your phone in your purse.

Yoga — Practice yoga or meditation. They can help keep you calm, clear your mind and de-stress. Find a class, experiment with hot yoga or just lay out your mat at home.

Get outside — Nature connects us with ourselves. Try forest bathing, join a hiking group or pull out that bike and go for a ride. Better yet, while in the park take a break and watch the clouds, listen for birds and appreciate nature.

Get a trainer — If you’re looking to feel better, maybe it’s time to get a professional to help you get started. You’ll not only feel better physically but you’ll also feel good about yourself for following through.

Play — Finding unstructured and unscheduled time to play is vital, whether its board games, a specific sport or just playing on the floor with children or a pet. Allow time to frolic and be in the moment.

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