With a new season comes new opportunities, moods, and energies. For me right now it’s about discovering and immersing myself in my new surroundings here in Scotland. What I’m doing to make my move here a calming one is to allow myself the ability to indulge in things that feed my soul. So, here’s a list of my top 8 soul savers for this month.
There is something so rejuvenating about hiking that it doesn’t feel like you are exercising, even though you can really work a sweat up if you want to. You just chuck your shoes on, grab the dog, and get out in nature away from civilisation and allow yourself some time to breathe, reflect, and spend some quality one on one time with yourself (or your partner, friend, or your beloved fur babies). Not only this, but for me hiking currently involves getting lost and exploring the unknown (*note: please don’t go getting yourself too lost and in trouble though my dears and always take water!).
2. GETTING LOST
Following on from above, I love getting lost. I never used to. I used to hate the unknown. I liked my life and my days to have structure and I rarely strayed from what I knew. But over the last few years I have allowed myself to let my hair down and think (and step) outside the box. I thrive in allowing myself the opportunity to be lost – be it physically or mentally. It gives you a sense of freedom and carefreeness that you just cant get from your everyday life. It allows you the time to get to know yourself and to find out things about yourself that you normally wouldn’t if you did the same thing day in and day out. Right now living in a new country means that I have the opportunity to get lost day after day after day. I get to see new things from a completely fresh pair of eyes and make my mind up about my surroundings how I want to. Everything feels like an exciting event in itself (and I’m sure my partner is loving having to explain what each and every thing means or what each place is called), be it going to the shops, to walking the streets, to discovering the city. I highly urge each of you to do something this week out of the ordinary. Get lost and do it with calmness, serenity, and a sense of excitement. Step outside your comfort zone in order to find yourself (and please let me know how it goes!).
Mushrooms are one of my favourite things at the moment, and every time I eat them I feel amazing afterwards. Mushrooms are popular around the world as they provide moderate amounts of protein, comes in loads of different varieties, can be eaten cooked or raw, and writing a short paragraph can not even begin to do them justice. In summary, these little fungus powerhouses provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin D, folate, copper, selenium, potassium, and phosphorus. Further, they are also an amazing weight loss foods as they are low in calories and contain moderate amounts of fibre. So whilst I am able to access organic mushrooms and whilst my body is revelling in their amazing and delicious versatility I’m going to continue eating mushrooms on a daily basis. Just because I can.
Those of you yet to try grounding practices, I urge you to get out there and give it a go. I promise you, it is simpler than you think. Step one: take your shoes and socks off and get to walking or standing barefoot. That’s it.
For me I have always noticed that when I walk barefoot I feel amazing but had never thought twice about it. The research behind it has shown that allowing yourself (your bare skin) to connect to the Earths surface, provides you the opportunity to absorb the natural electrons that are passed from the Earth to you, which in turn has a calming, balancing, and recharging experience on the individuals. It may sound silly to some of you, but give it a try and tell me you don’t feel better for it.
5. HERBAL TEAS
I have always loved herbal teas but recently I have discovered some new teas that have left quite an impression on me. These include (from left to right in the pic) yerba mate, dandelion, peppermint, white tea, fennel tea, and nettle tea. Drinking tea is kind of like getting a gigantic hug from the inside out… Yeah, I really like tea. Got one you think I should try? Pop a comment below.
6. EAT PRAY LOVE
As I have mentioned previously this is my favourite movie. Even better than the movie though is the book, and until recently I haven’t had the pleasure of getting my hands on a copy of this, but thanks to a special soul in my life I now have my very own copy that I am going to read time and time again until it falls apart. Books can have such a profound impact on us and allow you the opportunity for some relaxing alone time and some self reflection (if you get the right books!). Do you have a favourite book you’d like to suggest I read? Please pop it into the comments as I am always after something new to read.
7. DRY BODY BRUSHING
I previously went in to detail about dry body brushing as part of my morning rituals article (so if you haven’t read it and want more info please head over and read it for a more in depth how to). Dry body brushing leaves my whole body feeling buzzing and alive and it is an amazing way to get your skin tighter, clearer, and detox your whole lymphatic system. Don’t know what type of brush to get? You can grab them at health food stores, online, and some chemists, and you want one with a long handle, stiff natural bristles (and if possible like mine above) and a massaging side which can be helpful if you have sore muscles. Try it. Please. Your body will thank you for it.
Similar to mushrooms you cannot simply explain how amazing kombucha is in one paragraph, but in summary this delicious ancient (approx. been around for 2000 years) Chinese beverage is a fermented soda like drink that has some (don’t let it put you off!) floaties in it. These floaties aka the “mother” are the best bits and they are made up of good bacteria and yeast. Kombuchas health benefits include but are not limited to: detoxification, cancer prevention, joint care, and the main reason I indulge in this little gem is that they aid in digestions and improve gut health.
What are you loving this month? I would love to hear about it in the comments section below.