This month, I want you to nourish yourself and nourish your soul. It’s really easy to fall into the “work harder, work longer at all expense” mindset and behavior when we have more than our share on our plates. Often, just to get through the work day, we disconnect from our bodies and go into autopilot mode even though, if we quieted down, we would hear our bodies, hearts and souls crying out for us to take it easy and give it some well-deserved attention.
We are not machines. We need daily practices that nourish our hearts, our souls and our bodies. This is essential to our long-term success and well-being. It’s required if we’re to achieve new and greater levels of success. Instead of waiting until your body breaks down, I invite you to incorporate simple soul-nourishment activities into your daily life.
I recognize that slowing down and taking it easy can feel impossible, but it’s not. It just takes desire, commitment and practice. If you are feeling depleted, stretched, overwhelmed and strained, give yourself the gift of nourishment.
There are a few simple ways that I do this. I love taking 20-minute walks along the lakefront. I love going to my favorite café, getting a strong, black cup of coffee and leisurely browsing through one of my favorite fashion magazines.
Like you, I have a lot on my plate. When I don’t have a lot of time, I just spend five minutes taking slow, mindful breaths. I tune into Doug Banks, DeDe and Rudy on the Doug Banks show and I just laugh alongside with them. Going to church, seeing a foreign or documentary film or spending time with my family enjoying a home-cooked Jamaican meal are other ways that I nourish myself and nourish my soul.
This month, I want you to commit to making the time to nourish yourself and nourish your soul. It will help you thrive at work and in your career.