When the pressures of modern life start to get you down, step back and take a moment to get in touch with yourself.
Here are nine simple ways to renew your body, mind, and spirit. You’ll feel refreshed, re-energized and ready to take on the world again!
1. Connect with Nature
There’s nothing quite like spending time in nature to revitalize yourself. Whether you go for a stroll in the park or embark on a camping adventure, connecting with Mother Nature grounds you mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It even grounds your physical energy especially when you go barefoot with the earth.
Author William Watson Purkey is credited with the phrase, “You gotta dance like there’s nobody watching.” And it’s so true. Pure, free expressive dance without self-consciousness rids you of pent up energies and brings you back into balance. It’s great for your heart health too – both cardiovascular and emotional. You’ll feel joyful and uplifted. So pump up the radio and prance about the kitchen!
Remember how much fun it was to draw and colour when you were a child? Why not recapture that feeling now that you’re an adult? You don’t need any artistic ability at all – all you need to do is doodle! Get lost in creating lines, shapes, and designs. Before you know it, those creative juices will flow!
Gardening is a fun and healthy activity that can nourish you in so many ways. You get to move your body while enjoying the mental freedom that time in nature provides. Best of all your spirit will soar as you give tender loving care to your plants and seedlings. This is the best time of year to dig out the seed catalogues and get planning. What will you grow next year?
Ever notice how something as simple as a hug can make you feel good all over? Hugging a friend or loved one can easily renew you and give you the strength and courage to face the challenges of life or simply get you through a tough moment.
Another simple way to bounce back from a funk is meditation. It can be as straightforward as sitting comfortably and focusing your mind on your breath. There are many apps which can help if you are new to meditation. From lowering blood pressure to communing with the Divine, carving out a little meditation time can definitely revive your body, mind, and spirit.
Who says a nap equals laziness? Many high-powered, successful people take power naps. A mid-day siesta can leave you feeling refreshed and improve your mental focus. Not to mention that a little midday dreaming can inspire you to go after your real-life goals and dreams.
The power of words can inspire you to do many great things. From caring for your health to achieving personal goals, reading books can help. Even a fun fictional story can free your mind and take you to faraway places and improve your vocabulary. There’s no telling how a book can change your life.
To go back to the words of William Watson Purkey, “Sing like there’s nobody listening.” A grand outburst of song is a fun release for body, mind, and soul. It gets you breathing from the diaphragm while providing an endorphin boost. And there’s nothing like belting out a great tune to lift your spirits and leave your cares behind.
So there you have it, 9 simple ways to bounce back after you fall off the joy wagon.
What are your most effective ways to bounce back after a bad day? I’d love to hear your ideas.