Summer is in full force, and if your social media looks anything like ours, aesthetically beautiful imagery and travels seem to be at the forefront of many people’s minds – and at the top of our feeds. (Which isn't negative, however, it is important to acknowledge that social media can be overwhelming, may be damaging to our mental health and is not always 100% of the truth.) With today’s instantaneous access to picture-perfect content, it is easy to get caught-up in desiring and achieving… the soul is often overlooked. What about our being?
Being focused on your overall being and living a healthy lifestyle at a glance includes… fueling your body with clean foods and staying hydrated, using quality + nontoxic skincare and household products, attaining personal goals, getting in some good workouts, and maintaining healthy relationships… it can be exhausting just thinking about balancing it all. But in life, perspective is key and doing the things that make your soul content is what it’s all about. Sometimes it is the little things NOT seen on social media that mean the most.
We all need reminders to take the time to feed our souls. It is incredibly easy to go through your day without taking a moment to recharge – yet it doesn’t take long to do so.
Some days may benefit from just 5 minutes of mindfulness between meetings, others may call for 40 minutes of deeper unwinding before bed. Detach from social media, close your emails, remember that nobody is perfect and focus on just being present with yourself. Consider the below suggestions to take in a few moments to balance your being.
- Move – take a walk, dance it out, jump around or stretch
- Try something new… have you ever tried breathwork? Journaling?
- Prove someone (perhaps yourself) wrong
- Cook a new recipe
- Write down all the feelings you’ve felt today… acknowledge them, start fresh
- Take an extravagant bath
- Send a friend a Venmo to pay for their coffee (or cocktail!)
- Sit in the sun and think of 5 things you’re grateful for today
- Talk to a stranger
- Take yourself on a date
- Finish that task you’ve been putting off for weeks (it won’t be as bad as you think)
- Whatever has been weighing you down, let it go
Life is allowed to be messy. But your soul doesn’t have to be.
*Written by: Leila Grant