Feed the plants in your garden or windowsill… feed your
body… but don’t forget to feed your soul this weekend.
While you’re shopping for groceries, be sure to scoot past the highly processed and sugary foods, and go for the ones that will provide you with high energy fuel. For stress relief, asparagus is a great buy and it’s got mood stabilizing folic acid (a B vitamin in dark green veggies and oranges). Blueberries have stress-fighting vitamin C. Almonds are a terrific crunchy snack and good source of B2, magnesium and zinc — all help combat stress.
My garden is blooming like crazy, and we’re going through plant food very quickly this time of year. It made me think of how often we take time (and money) to nurture our gardens… and buy vitamins for our pets … and take the car for a lube and oil change … but what do we do for ourselves?
Four ideas for feeding your soul:
- Do an online search for “poetry” and read at least a few lines of the first poem that pops up in the search. Or pick your favorite poem, maybe it’s one you haven’t read in a long time. Savor the words — read it out loud slowly. Pause in your hectic schedule to enjoy the simple beauty of words chosen with exquisite care for the sole purpose of speaking from one heart to another.
- Go for a walk, and enjoy the freedom of being out in nature, even if it’s just your own neighborhood. Don’t have an agenda. Simply go out to “play” the way you would have at age 10. Notice what’s in bloom. Stop and watch a trail of ants. Look at the trees leafing out (if it’s spring where you are!)
- Prepare something special in the kitchen. If you’re not much of a cook, you can make a simple dish such as pasta tossed with olive oil, basil leaves and crushed garlic. If you can find some fragrant tomatoes at the market, slice a few and toss them in the pan at the last moment, just long enough to warm the tomatoes without turning them to mush. Enjoy the fragrance and pleasure of a homemade meal. Gourmet cooks, let yourself loose on your collection of cookbooks and find something to make that you normally don’t take time for — such as Pain au chocolat (and let me know when I should be there to help you eat them!)
- Sit with your journal or notebook and spend at least ten minutes writing out your dreams for yourself. In the hectic life of making a living, keeping everything running smoothly and so on, it’s so easy to lose sight of what you really want to achieve in life. I talk about this more in my book “Forget Your Troubles: Enjoy Your Life Today” — have you read it yet? If not, grab the ebook at http://gethappytoday.com/products.html The price is very modest. While you’re there, take a look at my exciting new program called the “Stress Zapper Package” – it’s got everything you need to get started on a happy and stress-free life.
How do YOU feed your soul?
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