I use the word nourishment outside of its regular foodie context because we often find ourselves so over-focused on food that we forget about all the other simple and beautiful ways to nourish ourselves.
What does it mean to nourish me without food?
We forget that taking a walk in a forest with our dog is calming and rejuvenating.
We forget that lying on your bed, listening to your favorite song while feeling the breeze kissing your face, is soothing and relaxing.
That feeling of the grass tickles your feet as you watch the clouds drift by is as good as meditation!
We actually “eat” all day with our senses….we “consume” our environment through touch, feel, taste, sound, and sight.
Here are five ways to nourish your senses, starting today that will contribute to disease prevention:
- Relationships: Seek out and nurture relationships with friends and lovers that make you feel good about yourself and say goodbye to the ones that drain your energy.
- Environment: Remember that your environment affects your mood and energy. So, if you are stuck in an office all day staring at a wall, it’s time to kick off your shoes and run wild through a park so you can feel sunshine on your back and breeze on your skin.
- Connections: We spend too much of our time alone at our computers or behind high walls, and yet it’s so important for our spirits to make connections with others. So, join a club or an online meetup and make new connections!
- Sleep: There is no way around it—there is just nothing quite like sleep to rejuvenate your body and restore your entire system to better functioning. Most of us need at least seven hours of sleep.
- Movement: Movement sparks your endorphins, making you feel energized and excited and keeps the oxygen circulating through your system so that you can feel refreshed and alive.
To your health!