Drop the kale; are you taking care of your inner self?

So we’ve all pledged to eat less fat and more lettuce, give up the booze and jog 10km a day. If you haven’t then you are being bombarded by health campaigns vying for your money to sign up to a gym and replace the contents of your fridge with quinoa, kale and coconut water. But are you sparing a second thought for the health of your soul?

Take a bit of me-time and do one of the following every day. Even if your body isn’t a temple by Valentines Day your soul will be.

Here are some great ways to take better care of your inner self:

1) Laugh

Sounds simple but when was the last time you let go and had a good belly laugh recently? Having a good giggle lightens the most stressful of days and can actually improve your health.

You Tube is all the equipment you need for this workout. What’s funnier than a dog playing the piano or an old lady falling off a ladder?!

2) Sing

Shut the car windows, crank up a cheesy tune and belt it out as loud as you can. Singing lessens stress, exercises your lungs and strengthens muscles you don’t normally use.



3) Look at a tree

Ok stay with me for a minute, this isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

As well as exercising, we all should take a moment to be calm. If like me you struggle to meditate without thinking of every chore you have to do in the next week, try the next best thing and look at a tree.

Find a quiet spot by a window or on a rug in the garden, relax and watch. Take some deep breaths and just let the gentle sway of the leaves take you away.

Close your eyes and listen. If you can’t clear your mind, pick a happy daydream. Even 5 minutes of this will have you more relaxed and ready for the day. If no one is looking give your tree a quick hug for extra Zen points. Go on, you know you want to!

4) Dance

You don’t have to join a fancy danceasize class or invest in leg warmers and leotards to get your boogie on.

Shake your booty when vacuuming, tango in front of the telly, or krump in the garden while watering the flowers. Again this is good for the body as well as the soul. Combine it with belting out your favourite tune and a hairbrush and you’ve ticked off two soul workouts in one!

5) Spread some love

Doing a good turn for someone not only helps them but makes you feel good too. Mow your neighbours lawn or bring in their bins, help an elderly person cross the road or nurse an injured bird back to health. When your good deed is done, give yourself a hearty pat on the back and rest assured your soul has had a good workout.

Why not try some of these techniques; your inner self will thank you.

When’s the last time you’ve danced like no one was watching? Please share with us in the comments below.

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  • My daughter and I love to dance in the kitchen lol.

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  • Nothing makes you feel better than a good old belly laugh.

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  • I’ve been doing this for years – and hoping no-one sees me do it cause I’m on my own.
    So pleased to realise that I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AFTER MYSELF [as the ad says] LOL

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  • Fantastic! great tips.

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  • better feeling better

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  • we all deerve to feel better

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  • feeling better instantly

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  • this pic is so happy and free spirited, love it

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  • Great article thank you for sharing

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  • It is important for you to take care of yourself!

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  • Yesterday. I put a CD on, turned the volume way up, and danced and danced. Even had a sing lol

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  • I love and try to practice all of these. I also have a desk thing where I turn a page to reflect my mood. I always make sure it’s something positive and uplifting. Today I’m feeling BOUNCY! I danced around the house the other day and my teen son was horrified. I just laughed and told him to get over it!

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  • Yes, yes and yes… these are the things that we can do easily and be kind to ourselves.

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  • their are ways on taking care of our souls

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  • Don’t worry about waiting til no one is watching to hug a tree, let them laugh with you and spread the happiness. And if you’re playing “Simon Says” with your toddler and they ask you to roll on the floor, then try it – it brings so much laughter and joy, even for those watching on.

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