There are so many things that can bring stress into our lives. It can be your job or the lack of it or the long commute when you would rather be home. Or it could be relationship worries or outside pressures. Don’t wait for things to get overwhelming. Choose to indulge in things that may satisfy your soul and bring you happiness.
Satisfy Your Soul With Goodness
Stress is not only tiring–it has long-term effects on our health and mental well-being. This new year, let’s decide on a new lifestyle.
Find a way to alleviate those stressors – even for a while because it will all be worth it. You may give pieces of yourself on a regular basis, so it is important to satisfy your soul with a bit of joy each day.
Our goal is not to eliminate stress altogether but to manage it well enough so that we won’t get sick.
Here are some ideas on how to satisfy our soul in little ways. Yes, they may be indulgent, but not totally bacchanalian.
Indulge in Aromatherapy
You may have probably noticed that certain smells can evoke certain memories. That is because your sense of smell is one of the strongest emotional triggers.
Therefore, find candles, bath products, oils, or incense that can take you to your happy place. Use it around your home, too, for a bit of stress relief each day.
It would be more healthful to use natural oils like Young Living Essential Oils. They are certified organic and so they are safe for the whole family–including your fur friends.
The Therapy of Beautiful Things
Leisurely view artistic and creative works. Things of beauty and art can invigorate your mind and knock your stress level down a bit. But somehow, people put off owning a piece until that someday comes.
Live in the now and indulge yourself by purchasing something artistic or creative. Place it in an area where it can make you smile every single day.
If you want something beautiful that is also useful, try a custom piece of functional fine art for a hands-on experience.
One last thing, don’t forget about the power of music. It can agitate you or help you relax. Try running a nice warm bath, add your favorite scent, and soak while some relaxing tunes play softly in the background. Relax and allow your mind to just drift away on a cloud of well-being.
A Body in Motion
You have had a long day and you are tired, so why in the world would you want to do one more physical activity? For overall health.
Take for example yoga. It is more than an exercise. In fact, there are many poses that lend themselves more to meditation than for breaking a sweat.
Moreover, the slow movements and the focus on certain positions help draw your mind away from worries. These can also regulate your breathing and potentially lower your blood pressure.
Have a Good Cup
My husband and I both enjoy a good cup of coffee every morning and afternoon. He prepares it fresh in the morning by grinding coffee beans and brewing them in the coffee maker.
Then we both enjoy our caffeine fix, surrounded by plants. Breakfast is energizing that way.
Fill and satisfy your soul with good things. Live in the present and be well. It’s a blessing and you deserve it.
Life had been hard the past year because of Covid-19. It just taught us that many things we have been spending time on do not really matter for survival. So lighten up and smell the roses.
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