Nourishment is natural. But it also comes in myriad forms. Too often, food is the ‘default’ reward we crave — or a quick source of comfort on a stressful day. Choices that, left unchecked, can trigger unhealthy behaviors and negative feelings if we over-indulge.
The next time you’re craving a little TLC, try one of these nourishing activities instead of an edible perk:
- Down Time: Less may be the right remedy when you’re feeling overwhelmed by errands, events and/or a mounting “to-do list” at work. Thus, give yourself permission to savor silence by carving out time to read, meditate or simply unplug from others and outside distractions by turning the tv off or putting your phone in another room for 20 minutes (or more) each day.
- Critter Cuddles: Pet therapy actually works! Numerous studies have shown positive physical contact with a dog can lower one’s blood pressure, and cats are frequently requested as companions in hospice programs that allow animals. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t currently have an in-house pet. Some local animal rescue programs will bring animals currently up for adoption out to visit with local residents as a way to help socialize shy pups or kitties.
- Happy Spaces: After spending many months ‘safer at home,’ when was the last time you were in another locale you absolutely adore? Perhaps you’re well overdue for a visit to your fave library, park, bookstore, theater or art museum. A long drive out in the country or along the coast can also be restorative in terms of change of scenery — and getting a much-needed dose of fresh air.
Feel free to share more about alternative ways you like to treat yourself in the comments below. Let’s keep inspiring each other to be healthy on a holistic level.
Make it another wonderful Wednesday!