In today’s world, it’s all too easy to rush from activity to activity.
So much to do, and so little time! We find ourselves multitasking during the day and crashing at night from pure and utter exhaustion.
To keep ourselves feeling balanced, we must find ways to make our lives juicy (i.e.. feeling good vs. rushed, anxious or tired).
When I worked in dual-diagnosis treatment centers years ago, holding a group around this particular topic and activity was literally one of my absolute FAV's.
What is a nourishment menu you ask? It's ironically not food-related at all! It's simply put- A list of ideas to help you FEEL GOOD! What a concept!
Pick one thing from this menu, or create your OWN nourishment menu-and do at least one thing from it EVERY, SINGLE DAY! And just watch how your life changes for the better!
Get a haircut… and a tingling scalp massage!
Play piano – or listen to someone else play
Take a bubble bath – by candlelight
Go on a hike and take a healthy picnic lunch
Read a great book
Paint or draw
Play with your dog or cat or fish
Go for a bike ride
Call a friend
Book a retreat
Take a ride in a convertible (with the top down)
Walk around or watch a river/lake/fountain/stream
Hold hands with someone
Take a foot bath (water, salt, essential oil, and marbles to massage your feet!)
Read the cartoon section of the newspaper
Buy something bright and colorful
Feed some ducks
Keep a gratitude journal
Get out the camera… and take some pictures
Ask someone to brush your hair
Blast music in the car, roll down the windows, sing loudly!
Get out in nature
Volunteer to hold and sing to newborn babies in the hospital nursery
Take a nice drive outside the city
Go to yoga class… or do some yoga poses at home
Get a massage
Go for a boat ride/rent a jet ski
Take a nap!
Take a few deep breaths!!
Buy fresh flowers and put them where you’ll see them all day
Get a pedicure/manicure (or give yourself one!)
Cook… mindfully… with music on in the background (try to match the music with the type of food you’re cooking)
Take singing lessons
Go to a flower shop/garden shop and take in all the colors and smells
Sign up for a class – tennis, cooking, jewelry making, squash lessons – anything!
Throw rose petals on your bed cover
Take a dance class
Organize your desk or garage
Eat lunch outside
Plant some flowers
Go to an outdoor concert or play
Have a Girls’/Guys’ Night Out!
Have breakfast in bed!
Go to a museum for the afternoon
Color in a kids’ coloring book
Listen to your favorite CD
Take a Breath Holiday – breathe 10 times with eyes closed and pretend you’re on a beach somewhere
Give someone a hug
Spend an entire day reading
Drink a cup of tea in front of a fireplace when it’s cold outside
Go dancing (or dance at home!)
Write a letter/card to someone who hasn’t heard from you in a while
Buy something REALLY nice for yourself – go ahead, splurge!
Go for a leisurely walk
Have Date Night with a partner or friend!
Go skinny dipping
Crayon a card to someone you love
Make your own pottery
Go to a concert for your favorite band when you were growing up
Watch your favorite baseball, football, or basketball team
Take a day trip somewhere
Go swing dancing
Get into bed right after work and stay there all night!
Find a sprinkler and run through it!
Using sidewalk chalk to write messages in the driveway
Pay someone a compliment (you don’t have to know them!)
Take a 10-minute walking break at work
Go out to breakfast on your own and read a good book without interruption
Make a mosaic out of paper scraps or a broken mug
Throw an impromptu dinner party – potluck-style!
Do a 15-minute blitz to clean up clutter in a corner of your home
Bring a great novel to read while waiting in line
Sit in a hammock
Go white water rafting, kayaking, or canoeing – be sure to capsize at least once!
Walk away from gossip
Buy baby barrettes and wear them in your hair
Read old letters/card that loved ones sent you
Organize a photo album
Do a random act of kindness… and revel in the person’s appreciation
Take a cooking class, then throw a dinner party to show off your new skills!
Call your parents or grandparents or siblings
Do volunteer work
Reach out to a friend you haven’t talked with in a while
Have a cup of hot/iced chocolate
Have a guilt-free ice cream sundae
Rent your favorite movie
Snuggle in bed with someone or have a make-out fest!
Watch the sunset
Have a picnic by the river
Sit outside on the swings listening to the birds in the morning
Take a long, steamy shower
Lay on your floor
Play a board game
Learn how to play a musical instrument… or go back to one you already know how to play
Go outside and play a sport you loved as a kid!
Buy a pen that you’ll really love writing with
GIGGLE… then LAUGH!!!
Lay on your back on your lawn and watch the clouds go by
Find a rose and stop to smell it!
Give yourself a hand or foot massage
Dance around the house naked!
Throw out all old, expired lotions… and then buy a new one to take their place
Leave your lover a note with a lipstick ‘kiss-print’
Put a hot water bottle on your tummy
Buy a $1 piece of jewelry or makeup!
Eat dinner on the floor… by candlelight… with no utensils
Make faces at yourself in the mirror
Head to the gym, and ask a trainer for a new workout idea
Eat a piece of chocolate, slowly!
Make up a fictional story (if you feel ambitious, put it down on paper)
Put your pajamas on as soon as you get home from work
Have someone feed you – eat with your eyes closed – and guess what you’re eating!
Go to the park and play on the jungle gym
Buy cool, fun post-its and notepaper that will make you smile
Make yourself a cup of tea
Watch the sunrise
Go to the library and read children’s books… on the floor or in a kid-sized chair (Samantha recommends Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein)
Go to bed early
Visit a junk shop and explore
Get a free makeup makeover
Spend a weekend at a spa or retreat center
Go to the beach and listen to the waves crash
Pick flowers to press for stationery
Go to the beach with a favorite pleasure book (trashy novel recommended). Extra point for bringing a radio to play your favorite tunes. Two extra points for bringing an icy tropical drink with an umbrella!
Call your mom or dad – if they’re not alive, just ‘talk’ with them – they’re in a better place and are sending you good wishes
Go swimming in a pond
Gaze at the stars
Kiss your child’s napkin before packing her lunch
Make a reservation at a new restaurant
Check out new arrivals at the used bookstore
Go to the store and find one new food to try
Write yourself an encouraging letter
Plan your IDEAL LIFE in a journal
Plant a flowerpot or flowerbed
Watch fish at the aquarium
Sleep in for an extra hour on the weekend
Visit an art gallery
Attend a gospel concert
Go on vacation
Play with your kids… or someone else’s kids
Browse at a bookstore
Rearrange your bookshelves
Do some gardening
Go on a walking tour
Go shoe shopping
Make healthy cookies – and eat the dough!
Conversational driving – talk about fun, beautiful
things/people you drive past
Write in your journal… or doodle!
Take a walk around the neighborhood and say hi to as many people as possible
Make a yummy fruit smoothie
Leave a surprise on a friend’s front porch
Have somebody scratch your back – then scratch theirs!
Watch your favorite show on TV
Tell a friend you love them
Look at pictures from an old vacation or event
Do a jigsaw puzzle
Grow an herb garden
Memorize a poem that you love (or write one yourself!)
Ask someone to read a book out loud to you (I LOVE this one!)
Go to the card store and read the funny cards
Listen to a book on tape
Go on a media purge – don’t watch news, read paper, or listen to radio
Put lavender oil on your pillow – let your bedroom be an oasis of scented pleasure!
For ladies: paint your toes/fingernails a lovely shade of punchy pink or ravishing red
Sip a cup of tea in an outdoor café
Have a pillow party with friends
Take a nap with an eye pack
Laugh with your child or a friend
Soak your feet in warm water and cucumber slices to relax and rejuvenate
Start a book from the “Read Someday” pile
Make a mini Zen garden with a box, sand, and some rocks
Make a shrine/altar somewhere in your house
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at your favorite cafe
Get out some paint and transform a piece of junk
Put two chilled tea bags on your eyes and rest for 5 minutes
Buy yourself flowers. Make sure you really love them and don’t skimp!
Buy a gossipy celebrity magazine – drool over the hunky stars, like you did when you were a teenager!
Create a collage of pictures and words that thrill you
Buy yourself a new, great-smelling lip balm
Buy a potted plant to put on your desk
Sit in the sunshine and do nothing
Stay with friends or family for a day or two and let them spoil you
Let yourself fully feel something – cry, binge, mourn, whatever – then move on.
Start planning a trip abroad
Have a brag fest with a friend – what’s going GREAT in your life?!
Throw away all the old clothes in your closet (have a friend help with this)
Watch a chick flick, sports movie, or adventure film
Go to a psychic or have your tarot cards read (try www.astrologyzone.com)
Wear one of your favorite summery dresses to work (if it’s too risque, you can wear a cardigan and take it off after work)
Invite a friend over for a glorious picnic on your floor
Glamorize your travel bag: pack candles, bubble bath, fun books, great music
Wear really sexy underwear under your everyday clothing
Make a home video of you and your family
Play a game of flag football with your friends – in the mud, if possible!
Wear your best clothes and perfume/cologne… just because
Get up early and prepare a fabulous, healthy breakfast for yourself
Buy yourself a luxurious sheet set and/or robe – silk, satin, or flannel!
Does anything sound "juicy" to you? It works, trust me! Make your very own personal "NOURISHMENT" menu, do at least one thing from it every day, and watch your happiness factor soar!
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