Are you nurturing your soul?
One of the benefits of writing the ‘How to increase your confidence’ series of posts that I did last year was that I am now fully in the habit of grabbing any new opportunities that comes my way to get out of my comfort zone. Recently I went to try out Archery with my lovely partner and it was lots of fun, but this weekend I got to go to a Writers Workshop for the very first time, which was totally inspiring.
I realised after I got home after 2.30pm that I wasn’t hungry at all, even though I’d only had a bit of toast at 8am, usually I’m really hungry by 12pm. It stayed this way until nearly 4pm and made me wonder, was it because I had nourished my creativity and nurtured my soul? One of the effects of not nurturing your soul is that you feel frustrated, which can lead to resentment or even anger, but when you do make the effort to nurture your inner self, you are telling yourself – you are important, I love you.
This is especially important for mums or for care givers, as we tend to put the whole family first and take care of everyone else’s needs before our own.
But we can’t keep giving if we have nothing left to give, so even if you think you are denying yourself these pleasures of life because you are being selfless – it’s not selfless, it’s selfish!
Here are some other reasons that you should be taking time out to nurture your soul, feed your creativity and nourish your inner spirit;
- We comfort eat less (I’ve mentioned that but I love food, so it’s worth mentioning again!).
- We become inspired and this drives us on in our goals or our wish to help or inspire others – in other words, we pay it forward. We can’t inspire others if we have no inspiration ourselves.
- We feel replenished, our cups are full and we have plenty to give to others. We can share our inner gifts, whatever that may be and it is unique to all of us. But if we don’t replenish, we end up burning ourselves out because we are running on empty.
- We become more attractive to others (friends, clients and even lovers). Nobody really aims to be around someone who just going through the motions or plodding along, although we all know people like this, but we LOVE to be around people who are happy, inspired and bursting with life and energy. In fact, we seek them out.
- Isn’t it better to be a fully function human being rather than an empty shell? We’re not superhuman, even though we often try to be, but sometimes, just occasionally – we need refuelling. We need it to get through all of the commitments in our daily lives and to care for the ones we love and even our clients.
We can soak up the positive energy or inspiration from doing a simple workshop or even just taking a day out occasionally to do what WE want, not what the family wants. Or perhaps you would prefer to spend an hour or two at an art gallery or join in an art class, it doesn’t really matter what it is as long as we do something.
It is so important to do this, I still don’t do it enough, but I’m making a conscious effort to do something every single week. When we deny ourselves such nourishment or refuelling we are actually hurting everyone that is in our life; family, friends, clients, colleagues – because we are so much MORE when we are full of love, joy and inspiration.
How do you nourish yourself? Do you do it on a regular basis or is it once in a blue moon? Why is it important to you or not important to you?
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