12 Ways to Restore Balance and Renew Your Spirit (K. Blais)

The stress and strain of the daily grind often wears us down. While I am not a professional or a doctor, I’ve come up with twelve simple ways that I have found to be effective in restoring balance and renewing my spirit. Maybe you will find them helpful too.

  1. Prayer, Meditation, or Think Time

    Find your thoughts and your inner voice. Talk to God and meditate on truth. Take a few moments to think, really think, about the blessings that you’ve been given in life. Realize that every struggle is an opportunity for growth. Learn from each experience. Ask for serenity to accept the things you cannot change, pray for courage to change the things you can, and strive to recognize the wisdom to know the difference.

                                    

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  2. Water

    Submerse yourself in it, be near it, drink it, whatever you need. Water has incredible healing properties. I personally have always been drawn to water, whether it is a hot bath, a waterfall, a small river, lake, or ocean. In a pinch, try washing your hands in a sink full of warm water. Take a few moments and wash them lovingly. In an article in WebMD Health News
    (read it here), studies revealed that washing your hands can remove doubts about choices, “what washing does is wash away the compulsion to justify choice”. Placing your hands in warm water can bring a feeling of calm into your mind.

                                    

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  3. Block Out The World

    Turn on the fan in the bathroom, blare the music in your car, run the jets in the bathtub, put on headphones, whatever works. Go on a mental vacation. Close your eyes (if it’s safe to) and visualize yourself somewhere else. Block out the world for just a few moments. The world will still be there when you get back, trust me.

     

                                    

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  4. Read

    The Bible, a good book, your favourite blog (*wink): read whatever it takes to remove you from your current stressors and to separate from yourself for a bit. Reading can offer an escape from reality and let you live in another world temporarily.        

                                    

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  5. Walk (or Exercise)

    Taking 25 to 30 minutes a day to walk, by yourself or with a friend, can improve your mood and rejuvenate your soul tremendously. Sometimes just getting the blood flowing and your muscles working can help to reevaluate your current status and improve your outlook on a situation. I prefer to walk outside, but you might prefer an indoor track or a treadmill. Whichever your preference, focus on your breathing and the good you are doing for your body and soul by simply moving.

                                    

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  6. Candles

    Our sense of smell directly affects our emotions. Part of our nervous system which helps to control our emotions is connected to our nose. The scent from burning aromatherapy candles can have a direct impact on attitudes and emotions helping us to better handle and deal with issues in our lives. My personal favourite candles are the Gold Canyon brand. The Aromatherapy line has a wide variety of candles to suit your needs. The scents are pure, true, and long lasting. Check out my dear friend’s website www.chipper.mygc.com to find the scent that most appeals to you.

                                    

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  7. Write / Talk

    Journaling, even if you’re not a writer at heart, can help you to release feelings, thoughts, emotions, and stresses. Sometimes simply by putting your feelings and thoughts into words you can narrow in on what is “not right” in your life balance and perhaps even why the imbalance happened in the first place. If writing doesn’t appeal to you then consider talking to a good friend, or even to yourself. Verbalizing can help minimize stress and identify plans for action.

                                    

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  8. Tea, Coffee, or Soothing Beverage

    Comforting yourself with a warm beverage, or a refreshing one, can often renew a positive outlook on life. By treating yourself to a simple thing like an herbal tea, or a specialty coffee, you can allow yourself a simple pleasure in a busy, stressful day. Sometimes a soothing cup of something special is just what your body needs to know that everything will be ok and that your best is good enough.

                                    

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  9. Sing and/or Dance Your Heart Out

    You don’t have to be good at it. Singing uplifts the soul. Have you ever tried to sing when you’re mad? It just doesn’t work. The same goes for dancing. Sing like no one is listening. Dance like no one is watching. My all-time favourite music to listen and sing along to is anything by Blue Rodeo or Jim Cuddy. For some reason, Jim’s song “All I Need” seems to speak to me and puts my life into perspective when I need it most. (Listen here.)

                                    

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  10. Be Alone in Nature

    Find your favourite spot in nature and just “be” there. There is nothing more humbling than being in a big open field alone with God. My mom gave me a poem once which she found in a magazine. It was called “Out In The Fields With God”. I was probably only twelve years old at the time, but she said the poem reminded her of me. I still have it to this very day.

(This poem is attributed to Elizabeth Barrett Browning.)
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The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea,
Among the winds at play;
Among the lowing herds,                                
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fears of what may happen,
I cast them all away
Among the clover~scented grass,
Among the new mown hay,
Among the rustling of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born~
Out in the fields with God!
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  1. Cocoon

    Put on comfy pajamas, wrap yourself in a big, warm blanket, snuggle yourself on the couch or in a favourite chair. Go easy on yourself. You deserve this time to nurture and rest. When you’re ready to emerge again, you’ll be better able to reestablish balance and calm in your life.

                                

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  2. Laugh

    Laughter really is the best medicine. Find something, anything, to make you laugh. Laughter can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Humor can lighten your burdens, inspire hopes, connect you to others, and keep you grounded, focused, and alert (information courtesy of helpguide.org).

                                        

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    There is nothing weak or wrong in realizing when you feel out of balance. Know your body and your inner self. Give your spirit what it needs. Love yourself.

    (Dear Readers, Thank you for all the love you reciprocated with last week’s blog post

8 thoughts on “12 Ways to Restore Balance and Renew Your Spirit (K. Blais)

  1. It always seems like everybody has an easier way to lose touch at this time of year for some reason. Wether it be the cold or snowy days it always seems to have a power to throw you out of sync. I thank you for these gret tips all simple things but very effective. Usually the simplist things are the ones we forget to do and use. Thank you for the reminder and your blog is still one of my favourite relax times.

    • Thank you for reading and for your comment! I’m glad that Writing For The Love Of It helps aid in your relaxation time! It’s a hard time of year so, yes, it is important to be kind to ourselves! Thanks again! ~ K ~

  2. How great is this blog? it is beyond words. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! so rejuvenating, and peaceful ❤ Well thats the feeling I got when I read it, and looked at the beautiful pictures. Funny how most of the time we are so busy in our lives, that we just don't take the time to really know ourselves! (even though our bodies are yelling at us!) Thanks for making me stop and think about what I not need to do but MUST do, to keep sane and be more productive in this life!! Thanks hon!! Another beautiful blog!! xo

    • Thank you, Jen! Your comments always rejuvenate my inner balance and renew my hope! I am so glad you enjoyed this post — you’re right! We MUST take care of ourselves — we are WORTH IT! Love you! ~ K ~

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