Self-Care: Nurturing Your Spirit

What Can Drain Or Weaken Your Spirit?

  • Seeking approval of others (people-pleasing)
  • Activities
  • Situations/environments
  • Negative thinking
  • Emotional baggage – unresolved past hurts
  • Busy-ness (Chinese character for busy = “heart/killing”)
  • Focusing on problems
  • People
  • Living in fear
  • Self-limiting beliefs
  • Self-doubt and self-judgment
  • Ignoring or “stuffing” emotions
  • Losing touch with your own desires and dreams
  • Unhealthy foods, drinks etc.
  • Unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others
  • Living from “shoulds”
  • Wanting things to be other than they are

Actions That Can Nurture Your Spirit

  • Slowing down
  • Activities that soothe your spirit (e.g. art, music, crafts, etc.)
  • Breathing exercises
  • Living in the present – doing only one thing at a time
  • Taking a nature walk
  • Spiritual practices:
    • Prayer
    • Meditation
    • Fasting
    • Reflection/study
  • Movement practices: T’ai chi, Yoga
  • Meaningful religious services and practices
  • Seeking support to deal with unresolved emotional issues (counseling, spiritual direction, etc.)
  • Consciously avoiding behaviors, products and environments that are toxic to your well-being (body, mind, spirit)
  • Surrounding self with supportive individuals and communities
    Doing things that you enjoy!
  • Keeping a gratitude journal
  • Making choices to maintain a balanced lifestyle – body, mind, family, society, finances
  • Doing something every day just for yourself!
  • Exercise (that is right for you)
  • Noticing and enjoying the beauty of nature
  • Using energy products/exercises that boost your body’s natural healing
  • Body/mind/spirit treatments (e.g. Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy, magnetic massage, spiritual direction)
  • Nourishing your body with much quality water as well as healthy, organic food
  • Identifying what nurtures your spirit and doing more of it!
  • Identifying what drains your spirit and doing less of it!
  • Developing intimate relationships to deepen your self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Volunteering

Thinking Patterns (Attitudes) That Can Nurture Your Spirit

  • Looking for the positive in every person and situation
  • Letting go of the illusion of control (when things don’t go your way) – knowing you don’t have the full picture
  • Nourishing your mind with positive, life-giving, joy-enhancing thoughts, habits and experiences
  • Identifying and changing beliefs that add stress (e.g. I have to be perfect, I have to please everyone, etc.)
  • Noticing and enjoying the blessings of each day – i.e. attitude of gratitude
  • Listening to your body – and following its wisdom
  • Starting each day with the intention of giving and receiving kindness in every contact throughout the day
  • Practicing forgiveness and compassion
  • Hearing and following the guidance of your own deepest desires and values – not others’ needs or expectations of you
  • Living in harmony with your own spirit and life purpose.