From practising healthy habits to using the best beauty products, we often spare no expenses when it comes to taking care of our bodies. Unfortunately, we don’t put the same effort in taking care of our souls, mainly because most of us don’t know exactly what the soul is.
Well, let’s get into it. Your soul represents the real you. It’s that part of you that represents who you truly are. It does not perish or pass away. In simple terms, your soul is your very essence. In religion, it’s the part of you that passes to heaven, hell or is reincarnated. Taking care of your soul contributes to creating an overall healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few ways to feed and nourish your soul.
Unload emotional burdens
Dealing with deep-seated emotional problems helps people retain more energy, carry less stress and even perform better in their daily activities. When you forgive someone, the ‘weight being lifted off your shoulders’ is a metaphor that can activate a real concept of lightness.
Don’t sweep your emotions under the rug. Reach out to the people involved and have a conversation. Speak your mind to get closure. Make amends and apologise if you’re the one at fault. If you’re uncomfortable with that, speak to a trusted friend or family member. You may also consider speaking to a professional to help you navigate your emotions.
Nothing feeds the soul like performing a service from the heart. There’s a certain kind of joy that fills the soul when you give back to your community by supporting a cause.
Volunteering connects you to others; helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. Also, volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help.
Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
It’s also good for your mind and body.
Be one with nature
Spending time in nature reduces stress. Studies have shown that after being exposed to a stressful situation, viewing a nature scene or being in nature can actually help lower the physiological effects of stress such as heart rate, muscle tension, and pulse transit times.
Additionally, research in prisons shows that inmates with cell windows with views of the natural world had lower rates of digestive illnesses, headaches, and had fewer sick calls overall. Also, access to the outdoors promotes mental clarity and makes you feel energized.
Natural scenes have also shown to increase recovery rates in hospital patients.
Find a quiet place in your house where there is little to no interruption and take 30 minutes each day to focus on yourself and emotional health. Studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships.