Guess what I’m not talking about food here either and the reason I am using the word nourishment outside of its regular foodie context is because we often find ourselves so over-focused on food that we forget about all the other simple and wonderful ways we can nourish ourselves. So what am I talking about here, well it can be easy to forget just how good it is for us to spend some time in nature, to listen to our favourite music, to spend quality time with friends and family.
We actually “eat” all day with our senses… we “consume” our environment through touch, feel, taste, sound and sight. So can you imagine what spending all day looking at a computer screen in an office with air con or stale heating is doing for us!!!!! Can you imagine what being on our mobile phones all the time is doing for us!!!! Can you imagine what not spending enough time connecting with friends and family properly is doing to us?
Often when we find ourselves stressed, overworked, run down etc the areas I’m going to cover in this article are crying out from some attention. Being well is not just about food and exercise although both do play an important part.
Here are some some other ways we can start nourishing our senses, starting today:
- Relationships: Seek out and nurture relationships with friends and family that make you feel good about yourself and say goodbye to the ones that suck the life out of your energy reserves. I’m not talking those social media relationships here. although it is a good idea to stop following people that drain you or make you feel bad about yourself
- Environment: Remember that your environment affects your mood and energy. So if you are stuck in an office all day staring at a wall, it’s time to ensure you get yourself outside daily even if it’s for 10 minutes or so. Doesn’t matter the weather, just being outdoors can do wonders for our mindset and energy
- Connections: We spend so much of our time alone at our computers, on phones, in offices, on packed trains where you have someone’s armpit in your face, in the car driving to and fro to work etc, and yet it’s so important for our spirit and wellbeing to make connections with others. So join a new club, or a Meetup and make new connections!
- Sleep: There is no way around it— Sleep is a must for our health and wellbeing. It energises us and allows our entire system to recharge so that it can work properly. This is why getting quality sleep counts.
- Movement: Movement sparks your endorphins, which make you feel energised and excited and keeps the oxygen circulating through your system, so you can feel refreshed and alive.
- Harness Your Hormones: We as women often forget that we were designed to work in accordance with our hormones. They play a huge role in how we feel at any given time whether that be puberty, menstrual cycle, are pregnant, perimenopause or menopause. Hormones play a huge role in our life, therefore it’s important that we nourish the body to encourage hormonal health e.g. all of the above points alongside diet, supplementation, mindfulness, slowing down leading up to period etc.
- Breathe – the power of just spending some time breathing deeply and mindfully should not be underestimated. Allow for at least 5 minutes a day, and it will do wonders in bringing your body and mind into a relaxed state.
The list above is by no means exhausted but hopefully it gives you an idea as to how you can nourish yourself and that to stay well and healthy it is important to take care of other areas in your life. Wellness is not just about food and exercise, it’s about the whole package.
The big question is do you allow enough time weekly to nourish yourself and if not what would it feel like to start today?