Being healthy is a journey. You never arrive at ‘completely healthy.’ There are always going to be things that can be improved and worked on. This requires a whole body approach. This approach includes being physically active, watching your diet and supplementing it with the necessary nutrients. I discuss that side of being healthy a lot. Today I want to talk about the other thing you must do to be healthy – nourish the soul. There are many things that can be done to nourish the soul, but today I’ll list a few to get you started.
Laughter truly is the best medicine. Laughing is an activity that everyone likes to do, but not everyone takes the time to do it. Laughing reduces stress, improves mood and reduces circulating stress hormones that can potentially have negative effects on our health. Take the time everyday to laugh. It might be watching your favorite TV show or reading your favorite cartoon in the newspaper. Whatever it is, take time to do it every single day.
Go on a Hike
This is a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Up here in the Northeast, the foliage is out and looking spectacular. Something about being outside on the top of a mountain is a great stress reliever and allows us to connect with nature. It’s also great exercise!
Go Pumpkin Picking
This is a great activity, especially if you have small children. And it’s a great time of year for it. The pumpkins are out and need to be picked! It’s a great way to enjoy some quality time with your family away from the house (and the TV!).
Go Apple Picking
Similarly to the above, apple picking is a wonderful outdoor activity that gets us out of the house. Apples are ripe this time of year and most apple orchards will let you go picking for a small fee. The best part is you get to keep the apples and eat them later. It’s great for the soul and an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Take yourself out for dinner (a healthy one of course!). Buy yourself that new gadget you’ve held off on purchasing or get your nails done. There are a million things you could do for yourself and sometimes those things just feel good. Often times we put ourselves last and it’s helpful to move you up to the front of the line from time to time.
Meditating, doing yoga or your variation of a spiritual pastime is a great way to reduce stress and slow down to enjoy the moment. It allows you to just be…and nothing else. It also allows the busy Mom or Dad to take time for themselves. It doesn’t have to be long – just 10 minutes is sometimes enough to re-center your focus and get you through the day.
There are many more things that you can do, but the list above should help you get started. Remember to be truly healthy you must have a healthy mind, body and spirit.