I’m a woman who loves food. I enjoy the beauty of it and the soul it takes to make it. Cooking is a major coping skill for me and gives me a sense of accomplishment. I love how food nourishes the body and pushes it to achieve new heights. So it’s no wonder when I ask women what they want in life, I most often get a response about food. Women are starving and until they are fully nourishing themselves they constantly feel hungry. So, I ask you what does it mean to nourish your soul?
It’s no lie, that our body will often mask symptoms to get immediate needs met. I know whenever I am dehydrated the first symptom I see is sleepiness. In that case, I don’t need a nap, I need water. It’s the same concept for when our soul needs nourishing. You don’t need food, you need balance, love, and care. So, what does it mean to nourish your soul? It means you finally fill yourself and balance both tangible and abstract life essentials.
What Are Tangible Life Essentials?
Tangible essentials are the things in life that you can physically touch. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, your basic needs are food, shelter, and water. Millennial women are constantly attempting to establish just that when they break out into the real world. Think about it, when you get your first job, you want to make enough money to get a place of your own, right? Then after that, you have to make sure you have enough food and water. Your tangible life essentials set you up to have the abstract essentials. They are basically your foundation to live. They also include things like sleep (basically anything you need to keep breathing).
What Are Abstract Life Essentials?
After you have tangible life essentials you start to focus on concepts you can’t really touch but are still important to your life. You cannot touch love, but it fills you in a way that’s hard to explain. Self-care is another concept that’s hard to measure but everyone knows how important it is. We all know the tale too well of sacrificing your abstract essentials in attempts to obtaining the tangible essentials.
What Does it Mean to Nourish Your Soul?
When you nourish your soul, you basically balance your tangible needs with your abstract ones. You are not sacrificing as much and looking for ways to have them both in your life. It looks different for everyone because everyone requires a different calibration. So you get to chose what it looks like when you are fully nourished. For me, when my soul is nourished this is what I do:
- I feel fully rested in the mornings
- I find a way to eat breakfast lunch and dinner
- Take care of my finances (paying bills, budgeting) without major anxiety and panic attacks
- Find time to exercise and do yoga
- Spend HOURS building my dream (and actually making progress)
- Keep my house clean (relatively) and clutter free
- Get out of my own way and GET SHIT DONE
- Smile more, Laugh more, Live More (because I’m actually happy and finding meaning in everyday life)
What This Means For You:
Many women I work with express feeling tired all the time. We are simply exhausted and feel undervalued in life. It sucks to see yourself working and not getting anywhere. You are hungry for more in your life, but it comes off as being hungry for food to start. But, when my peeps finally start nourishing themselves… When they finally start balancing their lives, all of them talk about feeling on top of the world. It’s because when you nourish your soul and balance your life, you make space for progress and happiness. Ultimately that means less worry about essentials on more focus on the finer luxuries!
Balancing life isn’t easy, especially for millennial women, but it isn’t impossible either. So many of us suffer from the pain of being on the struggle treadmill. It’s frustrating and overwhelming, and it never goes anywhere. And often, we millennials are met with the same advice of “suck it up buttercup, that’s life,” but it isn’t. You’re a Boss Babe, and you can get your life moving by nourishing your soul! You can hop off the treadmill. The formula is in the balance.
So, I must ask you, If your soul was nourished, how would your life look? Drop a comment below to share your thoughts and answer the question. If you are ready to create balance in your life and need support doing so, let’s talk on a FREE discovery call. Remeber your happiness is achievable you just have to show up to get it.
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