What feeds your soul?

In the depths of Winter, what can we do to lift our spirits and ‘feed our soul’ ? And what does the expression ‘feed your soul’ even mean? Well, it can probably mean anything you want it to mean but I believe feeding your soul is about taking steps to feel at peace with yourself, wherever you are in your life at this moment in time, whether things are going well or you’re in the midst of challenges.

Here are a few ideas on feeding your soul:

FOOD

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to eat comfort food in a healthy, restorative way. Warming stews and soups are perfect at this time of year – chicken soup is the ultimate food for feeding your soul but Anna Jones does a vegan version which is amazing: Not Chicken Soup

For something sweet, a simple apple crumble made with an oat, nut and seed topping, using coconut butter instead of butter if you don’t eat dairy, and sweetened with honey and cinnamon. Add some full fat plain yogurt on the side – delicious 🙂

Check my blog page for more ideas for recipes that will feed your soul, such as my hot chocolate and a delicious dahl recipe: wellbeingandnutrition.co.uk/blog

GROW SOMETHING

The benefits of gardening are well known but it’s not really the time to be out in the garden. However, houseplants are known to help mood, reduce stress and absorb toxins in the home environment. Watching something grow can be really therapeutic. A hyacinth plant, for example, grows almost before your eyes and smells lovely.

 

MEDITATION, VISUALISATION, MINDFULNESS

Whatever method you choose, it’s well known that spending time away from our phones and the busyness of our daily lives in general, is beneficial for our mental and emotional health, even if it’s only for ten minutes. There are plenty of apps to choose from (Calm is good) or you can go on to YouTube and try this sound meditation which is my current favourite: Chakra Bowl Meditation

READING

Reading is definitely another great way to feed your soul and there’s nothing like curling up with a good book when it’s cold and dark outside, whether it’s losing yourself in a great novel or reading something more directly uplifting for your soul – such as anything by Wayne Dyer, Gabrielle Bernstein or Eckhart Tolle.

WALKING IN NATURE

Being in nature undoubtedly feeds the soul in the most elemental of ways and a walk in the depths of winter can be invigorating, lifting the spirits. There is now endless research on how nature benefits our wellbeing and mental health. Whether you’re walking in the countryside or your local city park, being outside, seeing the bare trees, the damp earth and vastness of the sky, and even feeling the biting wind and cold, can prove very healing.

KINDNESS

Showing kindness is one of the nicest things we can do for someone. It makes us feel good to help others. Often those who have had the most difficult lives turn out to be the kindest, having developed a greater sense of compassion and wanting to help those in a similar situation. It doesn’t matter whether its a friend or a stranger you show kindness to, studies show empathy towards others make us feel good.

There are many more ways to feed your soul of course, including music, art, having a massage etc. Everyone will have a different list but I hope this provides a starting point. If you would like to work with me on making positive changes to your health and wellbeing, please contact me vanessa@wellbeingandnutrition.co.uk