They say you are what you eat. It’s one way we nourish ourselves and that is definitely important. But what we take in through ALL of our senses has an affect on us.
Here are a few ways you can nourish your 5 senses and let stress take a backseat.
Sight: Give your eyes a break from staring at the computer screen. Create a little retreat for your peepers to look at on your desk - a healing crystal, special photograph, a small plant (try an adorable and easy to care for succulent!) and/or flowers - find what is soothing for your spirit. Take a few moments to just gaze out the window (or better yet step outside if you can) and look at the expansiveness of the never-ending sky - sunny, cloudy or raining, always changing. Marvel at the beauty of nature.
Sound: Listen to relaxing music. I really like the “Calm” app as it does not cause distraction as you work. Music can have a measurable effect on stress and is a balm for the soul. 🎶 And make sure to also find moments of silence - first thing in the morning, hearing the birds or whistling kettle, right before bed, or out in nature to be with the natural sounds in your environment
Smell: Aromas have the incredible power to directly impact our mind, mood and emotions. Being an aromatherapist, I am a big fan of essential oils. A few great basic ones to have handy at your desk are: Lavender (stress relief/ calming), Sweet Orange or Pink Grapefruit (happy/uplifting) and Peppermint or Rosemary (for focus/energy). Savor the smell of your next meal and try experimenting with new seasonings and fresh herbs such as basil, parsley or chives. 🌱
Touch: Place one hand on your heart, the other on your belly and feel the miracle of your breath inside, always flowing. Wear breathable, soft fabrics that feel good on your skin. Moisturize your hands as you give yourself a mini hand massage. Enjoy a warm bath before bed and let tensions dissolve as your day drops away. 🛀
Taste: Savor the bountiful, juicy flavors of the summer. Enjoy more cherries, berries melons and mangos - full of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Try jazzing up your water with lemon or lime and making colorful ice cubes (orange juice or berry iced tea work nicely).Make pre-made mason jars of berries layered with yogurt for a healthy snack between meals or to bring to the office. 🍓🍓🍓 Slow down as you eat or drink and notice the different flavors and textures inside your mouth.
Consider what makes YOU feel good. Observe what you are taking in and absorbing through all your senses - bringing more mindfulness into what nourihes them and what depletes them!