Wellness isn’t a two-dimensional concept based exclusively on diet and exercise. What you feed your mind matters just as much. Even a great diet and plenty of exercise isn’t always enough to leave you feeling balanced, productive and happy. You need to take a 360-degree approach to wellness by nourishing your mind, and your soul. So here are a few tips to help you feed your mind and soul.

 

FEED YOUR SPIRIT WITH MEDITATION

Meditation has been around for thousands of years. This practice was originally used to help people deepen their understanding of mystical and spiritual forces. While many people still practice meditation from a place of spirituality, it also has researched and documented health benefits. Meditation can provide a deep state of relaxation, a tranquil mind and promote overall health, along with emotional benefits.

Meditation takes many forms. My mediation is spending time with God. I go to my quiet space in the house, my corner with God. Starting my day with God (my source of love, strength and wisdom) is like putting petrol in my car – it fuels me. It keeps me grounded and sets the tone for my day. I call it ‘Daddy time’ and it is the most important time of my day. Usually with my first cuppa for the day…….perfect! 

 

FEED YOUR CALM WITH A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT

Balance at home is a key ingredient when it comes to creating a sense of peace and balance in your mind. Research shows that clutter and disorganisation at home can increase feelings of anxiety, depression and fatigue. Organise your clutter and pare down your belongings. Clearing the clutter from your personal space can work wonders when it comes to freeing your headspace. You’ll feel happier and more relaxed in a clean, organised environment.

I have to confess I’m struggling a bit on the decluttering front. Whilst I understand the benefits it will bring, I find difficult to do, especially in my office. Let’s just say it’s work in progress!

 

FEED YOUR SENSE OF CONNECTION WITH MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS

Humans are social creatures. The people we surround ourselves with help shape our outlook on the world and provide support when we need it most. Studies show that people who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression. A healthy social life can also increase self-esteem, empathy and make people more trusting. All of this, of course, depends on the quality of your relationships. Seek out the people who bring joy and positivity to your life.

Oh, how true! Whilst the lockdown situation makes it difficult to physically surround ourselves with people, it’s important to keep connecting with those who bring us joy and positivity. I make a point of having regular online time with those people that I know are important for me to I have in my life. Whilst it’s not the same as being in the same room and being able to hug them, I feel like the connection is still there and we’re still firmly part of each other lives. I can’t wait until we can all meet face-to-face. I will be catching up on my hugs, so watch out! However, it is equally as important to separate ourselves from, or limit our interaction with, those who bring negativity into our lives. Bless and release them. Life is too short so let’s make the most of it.   

 

FEED YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH A GOOD BOOK

Everyone loves a good book, but you get a lot more out of those pages than just a good story. Reading any kind of book strengthens your brain. MRI scans have shown that brain activity increases and lasts for several days, even after you finish reading a book. Studies also show that reading increases empathy, builds vocabulary and plays a key role in helping to prevent age-related cognitive decline. There is a wide range of benefits to reading that go beyond the hours of entertainment a good book provides.

 

Gosh, you can’t beat a good book! I love reading, but sadly I don’t do enough of it. There are so many great books out there, but my all-time favourite is the bible; it’s my manual for life. Whilst I like to sit with a book in hand slowly turning the pages, I have to admit I’m becoming a bit of a dab hand with e-books and audible books. Audible books are so easy to listen to whilst you’re doing things such as preparing supper . In the days when we were allowed out to drive about, my car was my university, where I listened to CDs or audible versions of books. If I liked them then I bought the paper version so I could scribble and underline key points. Yes…. I am one of those people!

 

FEED YOUR CREATIVITY WITH JOURNALING

The simple act of sitting down in a quiet place with a pen and paper can have a powerful impact on your mind. Even freeform writing of anything that comes to mind has been shown to improve organised thought, relieve stress, improve memory and boost creativity. Write in any structure you choose and about any topic you want. You’ll find that this practice helps you self-reflect and solidify ideas and thoughts that seemed intangible before.

Journaling is great. I find it extremely useful. I definitely need to download stuff from my head, albeit I don’t think I do it as much as I should. It helps declutter my mind and enables me to be more creative. What I also love about it is that I can revisit old journals to get snapshots of moments in time for milestones.  This enable me to reflect on the journey since the milestone and remind myself of learnings and skills that I already have. Always helpful when self-doubt starts creeping in. 

 More recently, as life has been getting a little busier, I journal my thoughts as an audio recording rather than writing. Much quicker for me! When I listen to it later, I’m able to get the richness of the words and the emotions. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try. I prefer to do it at the end of the day as it helps me sort out my thoughts and focus on what’s gone well, which is great for gratitude.  

 

FEED YOUR SOUL BY HELPING OTHERS

When sociologists tracked more than 2,000 people over a five-year period, they found that those who spent more than five hours a month volunteering described themselves as “very happy”. Helping others provides a sense of meaning and satisfaction while strengthening communities and relationships. Science shows that it can be good for you physically as well by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and alleviating the feeling of loneliness and depression. The best part is that you don’t only improve your life, but the lives of the people you help.

Oh yes! This is so true. When I help people, it makes my heart sing. Try it. It is genuinely so satisfying. Start small, start simple. Put a smile on someone’s face.

 

FEED YOUR CONTENTMENT WITH GRATITUDE

Pursuing what you want becomes a lot harder when you aren’t grateful for what you have. Start each day by thinking about everything you have to be thankful for. This can be anything from a loving family, loyal friends, a job or a roof over your head. When you are intentional about your gratitude, you’ll find there’s something to be grateful for everywhere you look.

I’m a firm believer in good things come to those who are grateful. God has taught me that the best attitude to have is an attitude of gratitude.

I’d love to hear how you feed your mind to be the best you. I’m always on the lookout for different ways to do things so please get in touch to share your thoughts.

I recognise that for some people, nourishing your mind can be difficult. If this is you, and you would like some guidance as to where to start, then please contact me. I would love to help you find your way.

 

Source: Aloe Life magazine, Issue 9 by Forever Living