5 Ways to Revitalize Your Spirit

Tip #1: Practice Mindfulness

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, summed up mindfulness when he said, "Wherever you go, there you are."

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment and not thinking about what someone said to you this morning, talking on the phone while replying to an email, or worrying about the future.

Once a day from now on, try to put extra effort into being fully present. Give your undivided attention to what you're doing. If you have a lunch date, enjoy being with that person, rather than thinking about that client meeting you had in the morning or the pile of work sitting on your desk. Even the most mundane tasks, like making dinner, can come alive. Notice the smells, tastes, textures.

Here is a description of what mindfulness is, adapted from Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Mindfulness is:

  • Being yourself.
  • Not judging yourself, over-analyzing what you're going to say, or getting caught up in your thoughts.
  • Accepting and appreciating what each moment offers.
  • Allowing things to be the way they are, without getting caught up in expectations, hopes, wishes, and experiences.
  • Being patient with yourself and other people. Not being impatient or anxious for certain things, pleasant and unpleasant, to happen.
  • Trusting yourself and your feelings.

Tip #2: Read Books That Inspire You

What are you interested in? What inspires you, motivates you, moves you? There are plenty of helpful books to help you assess where you are now, where you want to be, and learn from people who have done it. 

Tip #3: Practice Mindful Eating

See if this scenario is familiar - you'd love to go for lunch but you have too much to do, so you grab a sandwich to go and bring it back to your desk.

Within minutes, your sandwich is gone, you're still hunched over at the computer, and you can barely remember how it tasted.

Instead, start each meal with a pause - take a deep breath and give thanks for the food your about to eat. Or, say a prayer, whatever has meaning for you. Buy a beautiful plate, placemat, mug, or food container to use.

Tip #4: Book a Monthly Massage

Once a month, treat yourself to a relaxation massage. If it is out of your budget, consider going to a massage school student clinic in your area. Treatments by massage therapists-in-training are often 1/4 of the regular cost.

Tip #5: Forgive

Forgiving yourself and others can be liberating. Many people carry past hurts inside them and are unable to let them go. Start by forgiving yourself - if something you say or do causes misunderstanding or may be interpreted as hurtful, don't let it sit and don't beat yourself up over it.

Give a sincere apology and then move on. Try imagining yourself throwing it in the garbage or taking a warm shower when you get home.

You can also try these affirmations:

  • "Life is too short to beat myself up over what's done in the past. I choose to forgive myself and forgive others."
  • "I know how much it hurts me when other people are mad or hold grudges at me. I don't want to be the one who makes other people feel that way."


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