“It’s important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative,
and progressive, but these qualities don’t necessarily nurture soul. The
soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection,
conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness
to the environs and to people; and any animals rhythm of rest and activity.”
In order to feel good each day, it is essential to nurture yourself. This begins when you treat yourself very well and you feel good as a result of that treatment. You may want to take a bath, get a massage, go for a walk in nature, buy yourself flowers, or meditate. To begin this lifelong process, ask yourself each day, “What can I do for myself today that would make me feel good?” Then follow through with taking action. The more you nurture yourself, the more you will decrease stress (Retweet This). We are the most peaceful when we are free from stress and we feel good. If nurturing yourself is new for you, this may feel uncomfortable at first. Keep doing it until it becomes your new habit. Once you are in the habit of nurturing yourself, the rewards will be too great to ever go back to neglecting yourself in this way.
“Invent your world. Surround yourself with people,
color, sounds, and work that nourish you.”
If you like nature, go to your favorite park for fifteen minutes. Sit on a bench and take in all the beauty around you. By the time you leave the park, you will feel noticeably better, even after fifteen minutes! Gradually increase your time at this peaceful place. I will sometimes go to the beach for a short period of time after a long, busy day. While I am at the beach, I feel more peaceful and my stress simply melts away. By the time I leave, I feel great! This is a gift that I can only give to myself. If you like music, listen to your favorite songs that are uplifting. What one thing can you do to nurture yourself today? Stop making excuses for why you cannot nurture yourself. We all can make the excuse that we are too busy. This excuse will continue to increase your stress and make you unhappy. Everyone has fifteen minutes a day to nurture themselves! Give this gift to yourself!