Nourishment is a word that’s often used to describe food or drinks. But as humans, we need more than just sustenance for our bodies; we need nourishment for our minds and souls too. Self-care is an important part of mental health, so learning how you can nourish your soul will help you maintain a healthy body and mind
What is nourishment?
Nourishment is more than just nutrition. It’s the energy and vitality you get from food, but also from other sources such as exercise and connection with others. Nourishment helps you feel calm and happy, while poor nourishment can make you tired and anxious–and worse yet, even depressed.
You may be eating well but still feeling unwell if you aren’t getting enough nutrients in your diet; however, there are other ways to nourish yourself besides eating healthfully (or not). For example:
- Spending time outdoors can boost your mood by exposing you to sunlight that helps regulate serotonin levels in the brain–which helps regulate sleep cycles as well as feelings of happiness or sadness.* Listening carefully when someone speaks will help them feel heard and understood.* Laughter releases endorphins that ease pain and reduce stress hormones like cortisol.* A hot shower before bedtime has been shown to increase melatonin production which promotes deep sleep cycles needed for mental wellness.*
Nourishment for your soul
The word nourishment has several meanings. It can mean food for the body, but it also refers to something that feeds your soul. For example, when you read a good book or listen to music that touches your heart, this is nourishing for your soul.
Nourishment for the body comes from what we eat and drink–and it’s important! But when we talk about feeding our souls with nourishment from God, it’s not always easy to understand what that means or how it works. When we look at this topic more closely, though–and especially when we take time today as part of Nourish Your Soul Week–we’ll see just how much our spirits need food too!
How do we know if we need it?
If you are feeling tired and drained, it may be because your soul needs more rest. If you are feeling anxious or depressed, this could be a sign that you need some extra support in your life. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the daily grind of life, then taking some time off might be just what the doctor ordered!
Who can help with this process?
- Friends, family, and mental health professionals are all great resources for support.
- Therapy is an excellent way to process your feelings, learn healthier ways of coping with stressors, and find the right tools for managing your emotions. If you’re not sure where to start with this type of help, check out our [therapy guide](https://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/the-paths-to-therapy).
- Support groups are another option for connecting with others who have shared experiences or concerns about mental health issues. These groups provide an environment where people can share their stories with each other in a safe space without being judged or criticized by others–which may be especially helpful if someone feels embarrassed about having symptoms related to depression or anxiety disorders like panic attacks (also called “acute stress response” in some cases).
Practicing self-care and nourishing your mind is key to mental health.
Self-care is an important component of mental health. The two work in tandem, and each can benefit from the other. In order to nourish your mind, it’s helpful to recognize the important role self-care plays in our lives.
This can mean different things to everyone. For example:
- Taking time out from stressful situations (like going on vacation) or difficult people (like cutting ties with toxic family members)
- Working through problems instead of letting them build up inside you until they fester into something worse than they were before – like depression or anxiety!
We hope this article has helped you to think about the importance of nourishing your soul. Remember that this is a process that takes time, so don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t happen overnight! You might even find that it takes several tries before you find something that works for you (and even then, sometimes things can change). But with practice and patience–and maybe some help from friends or family members–we believe anyone can find their own unique way of taking care of themselves mentally and emotionally