5 Powerful Ways to Nourish Your Mind, Body & Soul This Year
“Kindness is the best nourishment for humanity.” – Debasish Mridha
1.Take 10 minute power walks. My mother-in-law likes to say “people need more Vitamin N,” by which she means we could all use more time in nature (or outdoors). I agree. Weather permitting, incorporate a brisk, 10-minute walk into your lunch breaks to get fresh air, decompress and clear your mind. Do this several times a week. I walk 30-45 minutes, 4-5 times a week. First and foremost, I do it to save our furniture because our dog would tear things up if he didn’t get his walks. Jokes aside, I’m grateful to have a pet that keeps me accountable. I benefit from our nature walks as much (if not more) than he does.
2. Simplify. Highly effective people have developed the ability to focus their time and energy into mastering what is most essential to them, and delegating the rest. In both your work and personal life, clear the mental clutter and suspend doing it all. This year, develop the mindset of an Essentialist and practice the disciplined pursuit of less.
3. Prioritize sleep. Being well rested is a competitive advantage. Leaders that get approximately 8 hours of sleep experience more clarity, focus and productivity than those who consistently “burn the midnight oil.” An adequate amount of sleep can provide an extra buffer from stress. You’re also likely to be less of a grouch and more enjoyable to be with.
4. Drink more water daily. Specifically, drink half your body weight in ounces, meaning, if you weigh 150lbs, drink 75oz. of water a day. For the last 3 years (and counting!) I have started each morning with a 10oz. glass of warm lemon water (distilled water, squeeze half a lemon, stir and sip with a straw – it’s gentler on your teeth). This year, I’ve added 1 tsp. of organic honey to the mix. Drinking warm lemon water has strengthened my immune system, boosted my energy, and is a positive first step to meeting my daily water target.
5. Invest in quality time with people that nourish you. Technology has many upsides, however, a major downside to it is that many people are experiencing a greater sense of isolation, even though we’re more “connected” than ever. Place boundaries around your phone and social media consumption. On a weekly basis, intentionally put your device(s) away and just hang out with your significant other, children, or friends. Healthy, present, in person interactions are like chicken soup for the Soul. Alternatively, you might be thinking “I could really use some me time.” If so, honor that request and take care of yourself. Within the next 30 days, plan, prioritize and actually take “Me Time” to relax, rejuvenate and just do you.
So, what will you be doing less, or more of this year to nourish yourself?