The body, mind and spirit thrive if you nurture them. Since they are all connected into one being--you, optimum health can only be achieved when all three areas are balanced. The body needs healthy food and regular exercise. The mind needs stimulation and challenge. And the spirit (your true essence) needs regular nourishment, although it's the area that's often neglected.
In previous generations, Sunday was the day set aside to nurture the spirit, whether that was attending a religious service or spending quiet time at home with family. For many people, Sunday is now occupied with a myriad of tasks and activities, none of which bring you closer to your spirit. In order to create true balance and peace in your life, it's important to get to know your spirit and renew it regularly.
Here are five ways to nurture your spirit:
1. Feed a hobby or passion
Spending time -- even if it's just an hour a week -- doing something you love excites the spirit. A good place to start is remembering what you loved to do as a child or what brings you joy as an adult.
2. Be still
Whether it's meditation, prayer or yoga, anything that stops the constant chatter in your mind will help you to relax and open your spirit to new possibilities and ideas in your life. For more information on the benefits of meditation, check out my previous article on this topic.
3. Take a vacation
Time off can be a day trip, a long weekend or a two-week excursion. Any time you remove yourself from your daily routine, you are renewing your spirit. And never work during a vacation! Really, what's the point?
4. Spend quality time with friends and family
Whether it's a meal out, a hike or a family reunion, nurturing relationships in your life will also nurture your spirit. Life is too short to put chores and work above friends and family. Just remember to choose friends and family you want to be around.
5. Make someone else happy
Volunteer for a non-profit. Give someone a gift for no reason. Compliment another person. Mark Twain said, "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." Doing good for others make you feel good from the inside out. And what's on the inside is your spirit.