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7 Ways you can Nourish your Soul and Spiritual Self

This year I have been on my own journey of discovering who I am as a person and what things I can do to take better care of myself.  This came about after my episode of burn out earlier this year, when I realised that I had been failing to pay attention to my body’s signals and warning signs, ignoring my own needs and failing to do what I needed to do to take care of myself.  The good thing is, I’ve recovered and lately I’ve been thinking about the things that I do to nourish my soul spiritual self.

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What is soulful and spiritual self-care?

Soulful or spiritual self-care is about living soulfully and nourishing your spiritual self.  It’s not just about believing in another entity and following a religion.  It’s about learning what makes you the human being that you are, discovering the things that are important to you, learning about your personal values and living your life in line with them.  Soulful and spiritual self-care is doing things that make your soul feel warm and fuzzy, that makes you feel like you’re living a soulful life filled with goodness, happiness and purpose.  These things are vital for your mental health and recovery from mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression.

So, what things do you do to make your soul feel warm and fuzzy?

Below I list 7 things that I do to nurture my soul and spiritual self, that you can do too.

  1. Knowing what is important to you and what you value in life
  2. Practising gratitude
  3. Living your life with intention
  4. Visualising the life you want to have
  5. Being present
  6. Spending time with people that you love
  7. Spending time in nature

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1. Knowing what is important to you and what you value in life

Earlier this year I read the book ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k’ by Mark Manson and what an absolute life changer it was for me.  If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you grab a copy and read it.  I appreciated his ‘no fluff’, ‘tell it how it is’ attitude and style of writing.  The book encouraged me to delve into my own discovery of what makes me the person that I am, what I consider to be important and the things that I value in my life right now.  I learned about the things that I am willing to fight for and the things that I waste far too much time and energy on (such as caring too much about what other people think of me).  These things guide the decisions that I make and influence the direction that I want my life to take from this point onwards.  I feel soulful, I feel determined and I feel empowered.

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2. Practicing Gratitude

My own psychologist encouraged me practice regular gratitude.  I was hesitant at first as I didn’t believe that such a thing could be helpful.  Wow! Was I wrong!  The first time I sat quietly, closed my eyes and thought of one thing that I was grateful for in that moment, I could literally feel the chemical changes in my body.

Practicing gratitude is one of the simplest and easiest things that you can do to make your soul feel fuzzy, to nourish your spiritual self and promote a happy and fulfilled life.  Thinking of something that you’re grateful for every day helps to shift your mental state, which can help to break down your brain’s habit of focusing on the negative.  Gratitude is a powerful practice.  Do not under estimate it.

Since that appointment I list one thing that I am grateful for everyday in my self care planner, which you can find available in my store.

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Also, you can read more about gratitude and six other powerful happiness exercises you can do for a better life here.

3. Living your life with intention

Now, more than ever, I have been determined to live my life with intention and I can feel how nourishing it is for me already.  So far, I am learning who I am as a person, I’m paying attention to my body, learning about what it is that my body needs and how I can fulfil my needs positively.  I am learning to give myself the time and the space to meet my needs when I need to and realising that it is okay and that it isn’t selfish.  I’m discovering the things that I want more of in my life and the things that I can do to make that happen.

Living your life with intention is about living with less so you gain more.  Living with less things so the things that you do have, have meaning and value and having less in your schedule so you have time to do the things that you want to do, that are important.

What things can you do to live your life with more intention and meaning?

Melissa from Simple Lionheart Life, shared a guest post by Mia from Mia Danielle, who talks about how you can live intentionally when you feel drained.

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4. Visualising the life you want to have

I am a big believer in visualisation, the ‘Law of Attraction’ and the power of your mindset.  The ‘Law of Attraction’ is about visualising your life’s experiences through your thoughts, and when you do, you emit a powerful frequency into the Universe.  In other words ,the ‘Law of Attraction’ is the ability to attract events through our thoughts, positive or negative, into the world and bring them to reality.

When you visualise the things that you want in your life, you listen to what it is that your heart and soul desire.  I have been busy visualising and manifesting what it will be like once I leave my 8-5 job and do what it is that I know my heart and soul are crying for.  I can feel how happy I am going to be and I can feel how purposeful the next chapter of my life is going to become.

What do you want in your life?

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5.  Being present

What better way to reconnect with your body, your soul and your spiritual self than sitting still in a quiet space and simply being present.  Sitting still means sitting with yourself, with all of your thoughts and just being.  This practice is more powerful as you become disciplined and become more aware of the sensations that happen in your body.  It is a useful technique to include in your mental health recovery.

I’ve started to do this when I drink my coffee every morning.  Its becoming a morning ritual.  I sit still and notice the warm mug in my hands.  I take deep breaths through my nose and notice the smells and aromas.  I notice the changes that happen in my mouth and when I take my first sip, I take the time to notice the warm sensations as I swallow and the tastes on my taste buds.

Sitting quietly and being present doesn’t have to take a long time or be ultra complicated.

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6. Spending quality time with people that you love

When you spend time with people that you love, whose company that you enjoy, you nourish your soul, your spiritual self and it makes you feel rejuvenated.  There is a reason why you want the people that you love in your life so why not spend time with them.

Have you ever thought about what it is that you like about these people?

Spending quality time with people that you love is about putting technology away and connecting with people in the way that people have always connected with others before technology.  Connect with others through your face to face conversations and relationships.  It’s through the relationships that we have with the people and world around us that develop and strengthen the pathways in our brain.

7. Spend time in nature or bring nature to you

Melanie from ‘Ask-Angels’, talks about how spending time being close to nature can be healing, grounding, heart opening and nourishing for your soul in her blog post.  Every time I purposefully get out the house and step into nature I instantly feel grounded.  The most healing and beneficial place for me is in the forest or in the country and that is why I’m visualising living there right now.

You do not even have to be in the natural environment to experience all of its benefits.  Bringing nature into your environment, such as having flowers or plants on display or using crystals or essential oils can be incredibly powerful in keeping you feel grounded and aligned.  I knew there was a reason why I instantly felt grounded and at peace when I bought my first succulent plant and displayed it in my living room.  Be careful though, its easy to become addicted and the next thing you know they’re everywhere!

Share how you nourish your soul and spiritual self in the comments below.

Here’s to finding your best you, 

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Stop Feeling Unhappy, Depressed and Burnt Out. Give Yourself the Care you Need with the Ultimate Self-Care Kit

I have a product that I know that you’re going to love.  It’s the exact thing that you know you want to help you keep organised and to stay on top of things.  I’ve created the Ultimate Self-Care Kit workbook, which is now available in store.  It has been a godsend to me and the women that I work with in helping them to keep on track with their self-care and mental health.

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What is the Ultimate Self-Care Kit?

The Ultimate Self-Care Kit is a workbook full of clean and simple layouts that are helpful and practical.  The workbook is ideal for those who can sometimes forget to make their self-care a priority or for people who struggle with loving themselves,  struggle with giving themselves the care that they need to feel good and refreshed or struggle with their mental health.  The best thing about the Ultimate Self-Care Kit is that it gives you space to learn about yourself, how you can grow as a person and how you can be your best you.

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Create New Habits

The human brain is a creature of habit.  Even though it is the most complex organ in the human body, the brain loves it when things can become so automatic that it doesn’t have to do too much thinking.  The workbook is helpful in the way that it can help you to create new, healthy and positive habits by setting up a routine, keeping you organised and accountable when you need it and helpful in keeping you to stay motivated to keep on top of things.

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What’s in the Workbook?

The Ultimate Self-Care Kit has:

  • Journal prompts that encourage personal reflection and learning so that you can learn about yourself, what things you need and how you can continue to grow as a person.
  • Simple monthly layouts to write your self-care goals, any important notes and space for you to rate your self-care progress out of 10.
  • Space for you to reflect on the good things that have happened during each week and the things that you think have been challenging.
  • Worksheets where you can list one thing that you’re grateful for each day so you can get the full benefits of practicing regular gratitude.
  • Space for you to list the things that make you feel good when you’re feeling down or struggling to love and take care of yourself.
  • Colouring in pages so you can tap into your creative side and encourage your creativity.

There’s no need to continue feeling unhappy, having low self-esteem or continue making your mental health become worse and becoming anxious and depressed when it doesn’t have to be that way.  Don’t make it more difficult then it needs to be to come back and heal from burn out.  Make your self-care as basic of a necessity as showering regularly and brushing your teeth.

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How will it be delivered?

When you purchase your workbook an instant downloadable PDF file will be sent to your email address immediately after you purchase.  The file can be saved to any electronic device compatible with opening PDF documents and print on A4 paper when needed.  Once printed you can change the order of the months so you can start your workbook at any time of the year.

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The Benefits of Self-Care

You know about the benefits of self-care right?  When you practice regular self-care you’re more motivated and productive, you’re resistance to illness and disease is improved and you’re not getting sick all of the time.  You feel good about yourself, you have enhanced self-esteem and you know that you’re a worthwhile person who is valuable, competent and deserving.  You become more aware of yourself, what your needs are and how to meet those needs in a positive way.  You also have more empathy and compassion towards other people.

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Here’s to finding your best you, 

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5 Physical Self-Care Ideas that Spark Positive Mental Health

Self-care is a practice about treating yourself with respect, meeting your own needs in a way that is beneficial to your body and your mental health.  I see time and time again that self-care is one of those things that gets neglected too often.  Before you know it you’re well on the way to becoming physically and mentally unwell.  I am a huge advocate for encouraging women to make self-care a priority in their lives after my own experience of neglecting my self-care and stumbling into a depressive episode.  In this blog post I share five physical self-care ideas that spark and encourage positive mental health.

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What is self-care?

Self-care is about nourishing your mental, emotional and physical health so that you can feel recharged, refueled and regenerated.  As I mentioned above, self-care is an act that you do deliberately to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health.  There are many benefits to practicing regular self-care, but if its neglected you can run the risk of feeling unhappy, having low self-esteem, feeling resentment towards others, become anxious and experience depression and you can also experience burn out.

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1. Go for a walk

We all know how beneficial exercise is to your health in general, but do you know just how much exercise can improve your mental health?  Whether you live with depression, anxiety or stress, simply going for a walk can have positive benefits to supporting your recovery.  Not only can going for a walk or physical exercise in general can help with your mental health recovery, it can improve your memory and your quality of sleep.

Going for a walk can also give you the time and the space to defuse and reflect upon any negative emotions that you might be feeling, especially if you take a walk in an environment that is calming.

<< Read about the benefits of walking on the body and the mind here >>

2. Get sweaty

When you get sweaty through exercise, it causes chemical changes in your brain and in your body.  When you’re working up a sweat,  your body releases the hormone called endorphin, which is a powerful chemical in the body that naturally makes you feel good.  Physical exercise and getting sweaty can also boost your self-esteem and improve the way that you feel about yourself and your self-image.

Of course, if you’re planning to introduce exercise into your routine, it is always best to seek professional advice from your doctor and start slow.

<<  Read about the mental health benefits of exercise here >>

3. Visit a new place

Travelling can do wonders for your physical and mental health and you don’t even have to travel far.  Taking a break and visiting a new place (or even an old favourite) can help you take a break from your daily routines and stressful situations that may be happening around you.  Depending on where you travel to, it can help you to relax, recharge and rejuvenate.

Travelling and visiting new places promotes happiness and wellness, helps you to feel more calm and content, boosts satisfaction, helps you become more mentally resilient and can even move you to a space where you can reflect on your life goals and personal values.

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4. Take a power nap

This one can be a little bit tricky, especially if you’ve got young children or if you go to work most days of the week, but if you ever get a chance to take a nap when you desperately need to it can do wonders for your self-care.

Having a quick power nap can promote physical well-being and can improve your mood and your memory.

<<  Read more about the benefits of napping here >>

5. Declutter

Mia, from Mia Danielle, talks about the psychological impact of living with clutter.  In her article, she talks about how living with clutter can increase stress and overwhelm, feelings of shame, cause distraction and can actually have negative affects on your behaviour.

So, reducing the clutter around you can help reduce stress and feeling overwhelmed and increase your self-esteem and self-worth.

<< Read the full article on the psychological effects of clutter here >>

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5 Emotional Self-Care Strategies you can use so you can be Emotionally Healthy

We hear and read a lot about how to do self-care by bringing awareness to the present moment through mindfulness and grounding techniques.  I’ve spoken about how you can bring awareness to your five senses; your sense of smell, touch, sound, taste and sight, as a way of bringing your attention to what you can feel in your body but I haven’t spoken a lot about emotional or psychological self-care.  In this blog post I tell you about emotional self-care, what it is and I’ll share with you five emotional self-care strategies that you can use to promote positive mental health.  I also have a list of 20 feel good, no spend self-care ideas to help you get started.

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What is self-care?

Before I get started in explaining what emotional self-care is and how you can do it, I’ll briefly define self-care in general, why its important and why its something that can have negative effects if its left neglected.  Self-care is about nourishing your mental, emotional and physical health so that you can feel recharged, refueled and regenerated.  It is an act that you do deliberately to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health.  There are many benefits to practicing regular self-care, but if its neglected you can run the risk of feeling unhappy, having low self-esteem, feeling resentment towards others, become anxious and experience depression and you can also experience burn out.

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What is emotional self-care?

Emotional self-care, also referred to as psychological self-care, is defined as paying attention to your emotional needs.  This means identifying what it is that you’re feeling and then doing things in such a way that honors yourself and those feelings and emotions that you are feeling.  Emotional self-care is about doing what is necessary for you to identify and nurture your feelings and emotions, your conscious inner state of being, your intellect and be mentally and emotionally healthy.

When our feelings and emotions, usually the unpleasant feelings and emotions, are not addressed we can feel frustrated, our energy and our hope and positivism in life can slowly drain away and we can become burnt out.  All of these things can impact our mental health and lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

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5 Emotional Self-Care Strategies you can use so you can be Emotionally Healthy

1. Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude regularly can have a long lasting, positive affect on your life and sense of well-being.  This strategy can be used to help create positive feelings such as love, joy and happiness, which make you feel good.

Being thankful for things that you have can help you to block unhelpful and unpleasant feelings and emotions such as envy, resentment, regret, anger and sadness.  Practicing gratitude and positive thinking can strengthen the relationships that are around you, makes you feel optimistic about life and the future and the practice helps you to focus your attention on what you do have rather than the things that you do not have.

Our brains are wired to work in such a way that they are constantly looking out for threats, worries and negatives.  This means that regularly practicing gratitude exercises is a great way for our brain to compensate this habit.

So if you’re feeling worried or anxious or experiencing depression, writing down one thing that you are grateful for each day can be a great way to start.

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2. Journaling

The technique of journaling has many benefits to your emotional and psychological health.  Effective journaling can be a helpful strategy to release negative thoughts and feelings that our brains tend to favor and can improve our overall mental health.  My favourite journaling tip is to use journal prompts which encourage you to think, reflect and respond to different questions rather than simply reporting about what happened during each day.

Journaling is a positive way to help raise your self-esteem and how you feel about yourself.  It is a strategy that you can use to express what it is that you’re thinking and feeling in a positive and healthy way.  The use of journaling helps you to take a step back from what it is that you’re feeling, distinguishing reality from irrational thoughts and can help you to find the root cause of what it is that is making you feel that way.

3. Exercise

Exercise is one of the body’s most natural ways helping you to maintain good emotional health and makes you feel good.  The chemical that is released in your body after you exercise, endorphins, and the way that it makes you feel after you exercise is invaluable.  Exercise is a safe and effective way of stimulating the different chemical reactions that happen in your brain and your body.  These chemical reactions help you to have a positive emotional and mental state.  Starting with a simple walk has beneficial effects to your mental health but it is even more beneficial if you can exercise in a way that makes you begin to sweat.

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4. Healthy Eating

When you’re not feeling okay and are experiencing some of those unhelpful and unpleasant emotions, paying attention to what you eat and ensuring that you’re eating healthy is crucial.  A healthy diet enhances your mood, increases your energy levels,  increases your self-esteem and reduces your risk of experiencing depression.

Psychological factors that often occur in your unconscious mind affect what you choose to eat.  These factors dictate the relationships that you have between the food that you eat and your emotions.  Your body uses micro-nutrients in the food that you eat to regulate your emotions, mood and physical conditions.

For example, have you heard that sometimes people crave chocolate when they’re not feeling okay.  Chocolate contains the same chemical, phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical that our brain releases when we feel the emotion of romantic love.  Romantic love feels good, doesn’t it?  So you can understand why our bodies crave foods like that when we are not feeling okay.

So why not give our body what it wants?  Giving our bodies unhealthy foods can cause other health problems and there are healthier ways that we can give our bodies what it is needing.

5. Using your Sense of Smell

Finally, using your sense of smell can be a way to practice emotional self-care, even thought it may sound completely strange, but hear me out.  The part of our brain that tells us what it is that we’re smelling is also the same part of our brain that is responsible for our emotions and our memory.  So when we inhale an aroma, the particles travel up our nose and up through the olfactory system to the limbic part of our brain.  These aromas can trigger strong emotional reactions, particularly when they’re associated with a positive memory.  So the next time you’re not feeling okay, use some essential oils, scented candles or even do some baking to trigger those pleasant emotions and positive memories.

Here’s to finding your best you. 

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5 Simple Self-Care Strategies that you can do Right Now

I get it.  When you think of self-care, you might be thinking that you need to go to an elaborate effort of spending hours that you don’t have doing indulgent self-care rituals.  Or spending ridiculous amounts of money that you really wish you had to buy that thing that you’ve always wanted.  You understand that self-care has so many benefits to your physical and mental health because I told you about it here.  Now you’re thinking ‘how the hell can I start doing it without taking up all my time or breaking the bank?’  Fortunately, self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or require that much effort.

In this post I’m going to tell you five simple self-care strategies that you can use as soon as you’ve finished reading this blog post and grabbing your freebie.  It’s as easy as using own body’s hardware; your sense of smell, sight, sound, touch and taste.  The great thing is you can start using your senses as a way to bring self-care into your routine from as little as 30 seconds a day.

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Pay Attention to your Senses through Mindfulness 

What I mean by using your own body’s hardware as a way to bring self-care into your routine is simply paying attention to what you can smell, see, hear, touch and taste.  It’s about being attuned to and being aware of the sensations of the things that are around you in the present moment.  It’s a little technique people like to call mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a mental state that is achieved by focusing your awareness on what is happening in the present moment, the right here, right now moment and accepting it without judgement.  Its a technique that is helpful to letting go of any worries or negative thoughts that you may have.  Using your senses as a way to practice mindfulness, meet your own needs and participate self-care is a powerful technique that can make you feel naturally energised and recharged.

Have you ever decided to sit down and its quiet (rare I know!) and you quickly feel the urge to do something and check your social media feed ‘just because’? Or you’re constantly thinking about what you need to do next?  We spend an awful amount of time constantly thinking.  We waste so much time getting caught up in our thoughts about what happened in the past, what might happen in the future, whether we’ve done everything that we needed to do or what we need to do next.

The way that we live in the modern world doesn’t help.  It’s full of technology that is designed to ‘make our lives better and more efficient’ yet its making us forget our natural, build in feel good and calm producing remedies that we have in our bodies.  We have come to think that we are expected to be ‘on the go’ all the time (and we fall for it), so bringing awareness to the present moment is more difficult.  We also just forget about it and continue on giving with everything that we have.  It’s not until we make ourselves consciously aware of the present moment that we can truly receive its benefits.

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6 Benefits of Using Your Senses in Mindfulness 

1.  Getting out of your head and bringing awareness to your body

When you pay attention to the present moment by bringing awareness to your senses it encourages you to feel what is happening in your body, the sensations that it is feeling and it encourages your spiritual connection to the Earth.  Its about getting out of your head and bringing awareness to your body.  It is a simple, yet powerful grounding technique that you can use whenever you’re feeling stressed, worried or overwhelmed.

2.  Move away from being caught up in thoughts

Bringing awareness to the present moment by paying attention to our sensations moves us away from the ideas and beliefs that we have about ourselves, the world around us, our worries, our negative self-talk and our fears that result in unpleasant emotions such as anger, sadness and frustration.  Using our senses as a technique in mindfulness can help us to find ways of being in a state of calmness simply with the use of our own bodies.

3.  Exercises different parts of your brain

Becoming aware of your senses exercises different parts of your brain, particularly the parts of your brain that are older and more animalistic.  These parts of the brain are associated with sensation and processing messages from physical experiences and are buried under the part of our brains that are responsible for our thinking and decision making (prefrontal cortex).

4.  Leads to feelings of richness, wholeness and happiness

When we’re practicing being present by being full immersed and engaged with a situation we tend to have feelings of richness, wholeness and happiness.  It helps us to be able to develop skills that we can then use to deal and cope with challenges that may happen in our lives.

5.  Become more self aware and develop deeper connections with those around you

When you begin to practice mindfulness regularly you are less likely to get caught up in the worries and anxieties of what might happen in the future or things that have happened in the past, you’re more likely to feel good about yourself and have positive self-esteem and develop a deeper connection with your relationship to yourself and others around you.

6.  Beneficial to your physical and mental health

Mindfulness has benefits to your physical and mental health.  It can be used as a way to lower your physical and psychological symptoms of stress, lower your blood pressure, a way to reduce feelings of chronic pain and can help to improve your quality of sleep.  Mindfulness is a widely recognised and used treatment for psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression and also substance abuse.

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How to use your senses in mindfulness and self-care?

Your Sense of Smell

Using your sense of smell as a mindfulness technique is simply about paying attention to what you can smell around you.  It can include:

  • using essential oils (lavender essential oil has great calming benefits and can reduce feelings of anxiety)
  • baking or cooking in general (think herbs and spices or sweets)
  • drinking fragrant teas
  • fresh flowers
  • even getting out and smelling the fresh air (think the smell of dew of a morning or the smell of rain)

Your Sense of Sight 

Using your sight as a mindfulness technique is about bringing awareness to the things that you can see.  Our use of electronic devises keeps us from being present and making us aware of what is going on around us, so by bring attention to what you can see you can begin to pay attention to the colours, the textures, the shadows and highlights of the things around you.

  • Spent time outside in a natural environment
  • Look at things that you find beautiful, such as fabrics, papers or textures
  • Watching a feel good, funny movie

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Your Sense of Sound 

Bring your awareness to the sounds that you can hear around you such as listening to:

  • music
  • running water
  • the waves crashing at a beach
  • the normal sounds that happen around you (the air conditioner, the wind outside, the sound of typing on a keyboard)
  • listening to TED talks or podcasts that make you feel good, empowered and motivated.

Your Sense of Touch 

Bringing awareness to your sense of touch is about paying attention to the sensations that you feel in your body through touch.  It can be:

  • touching soft, fluffy cushions and blankets
  • touching objects with different textures
  • having a hot shower
  • using moisturising creams
  • cuddling your pet
  • breathing
  • playing with play dough or kneading bread dough
  • simply feeling the sensations of your clothing on your skin
  • human touch

Your Sense of Taste

Not only is eating or drinking a great way to bring attention to your sense of taste, it is a unique way that you can use all of your senses all at once.  When you pay attention to what you’re eating, you begin to notice the colours and textures of the food that you’re about to eat, the smells, what happens to your body when you bring the food close to your mouth, the sound of your food crunching as you begin to chew slowly and the way that the food feels in your mouth, how your body tries to make you swallow and whether your food is sweet, sour, salty or spicy.  Participating in mindfulness eating also has benefits such as aiding your digestion of food and releasing hormones into your body that are directly related to your mood.

By using what you already have, your senses, you can begin to bring self-care through mindfulness into your day from as little as 30 seconds.

Practice bringing mindfulness to your routine every day and tell me what you notice.

Here’s to finding your best you.

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