Taking time to nurture your mind is essential to feel rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to enjoy life, really be present on a day-to-day basis and tackle obstacles.  By limiting your cell phone usage and staying away from the Internet, you’ll truly interact with your surroundings allowing for real connections.  Integrate calming foods like blueberries, salmon and almonds into your diet, which ease the mind.  And always, always get plenty of sleep.  Give yourself time to forget the stress and just unwind.  Here are some tips to nurture your mind, body and soul:

  • Getting a massage relaxes tense muscles, reduces pain and improves circulation.  Allow yourself an hour massage a few times a month, and you’ll feel revitalized and invigorated.
  • Let yourself float away for 15 to 30 minutes of meditation each day.  Set aside some silent time to let your thoughts run free and focus on your breathing.  That small amount of peace awards you the feeling of true relaxation.
  • Studies show that clutter increases stress.  Organize your life by tidying up or making lists of things to do.  Keeping those loose ends in check puts your mind at ease and offers you a sense of control. 
  • Reading is relaxing.  Cozy up to a good book in a nearby hammock and let your mind travel to an alternate state of consciousness.  This form of escapism calms the mind as it captures your emotions in a literary world relieving more stress than any other activity.    
  • Give yourself an hour four to five times a week to allow for some exercise, which works similarly to meditation.  Whether it’s yoga, hiking or a sunset bike ride, exercise releases endorphins into the brain, which improves your mood and prevents obesity.  What else could you be stressed out about?