nourishment without food
Today I want to share some out-of-the box ways to think about nourishing your body, mind and spirit — and I’m not talking about what you eat!
What? Isn’t nourishment about food?
That’s a great question!
The reason I am using the word nourishment outside of its regular foodie context is because we often find ourselves so over-focused on food that we forget about all the other simple and wonderful ways to nourish ourselves.
What does it mean to nourish myself without food?
We forget that taking a walk in a forest with our dog is calming and rejuvenating.
That lying on your bed listening to your favorite song while feeling the breeze from an open window is soothing and relaxing.
That feeling the grass tickle your feet as you watch the clouds drift by is as good as meditation!
We actually “eat” all day with our senses… we “consume” our environment through touch, feel, taste, sound and sight.
Here are 6 ways to nourish your senses, starting today…
Relationships: Seek out and nurture relationships with friends and family that make you feel good about yourself, and work to appropriate boundaries with the ones that drain your energy.
Environment: Remember that your environment affects your mood and energy. So if you are stuck in an office all day staring at a wall, it’s time to kick off your shoes and run wild through a park so you can feel sunshine on your back and breeze on your skin.
Connections: We spend so much of our time alone at our computers or inside our homes, and yet it nourishes our souls when we make meaningful connections with others. So join a book club, get involved in your church community, or volunteer at a local nonprofit — and make some new connections!
Sleep: There is no way around it—there is just nothing quite like sleep to rejuvenate your body and restore your entire system to better functioning.
Movement: Movement sparks your endorphins, which make you feel energized and excited and keeps the oxygen circulating through your system, so you can feel refreshed and alive.
Mindfulness: Without actually changing anything that we are doing throughout the day, we can practice mindfulness or simply being fully present in what we are doing. We can bring ourselves back into our bodies, back into the present moment, and experience the nourishment of everyday activities, like washing the dishes, hugging a friend, or even eating. (I know these ideas are not supposed to be about food — but this more about HOW you eat, rather than WHAT you eat.)
Where do I go from here?
In my coaching practice, I help my clients realize that there is more to life than food! I call the most important parts of our lives “THE BIG 5” — these need as much love and attention as our eating!
If you want to find a way to feel nourished in all areas of your life, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me today (for FREE) so I can help you feel more energized and alive than ever before!