Refresh Your Soul

In today’s world, it seems as if we all run from 6am to midnight!  We work all day, run errands, and go from one activity to the next.  We go from dance lessons to football practice, squeeze in grocery shopping and laundry. Add in the bills to pay, errands to run and who know what else!  Sometimes it amazes me we even have time to breathe!

We are all busy, but we all need time to breathe!  We need time to refresh our souls. Easier said than done right?!  How do you do that? How do you find time during your day or during your week to just take time for you? Time to reconnect with God, time to calm your soul and calm your mind.

I’m sure everyone has their own tips and tricks and their own ways that they refresh their soul. For me, music is one of those ways. Most days you will find me in my office working on new  designs, organizing the office for upcoming shows, writing new blog posts, or one of the other million things that needs to be done!  But, no matter what I am working on, I will almost always have my headphones on! Music refreshes my soul.  It is my way to calm my mind. I find that I connect through Christ through music, but I can also find new energy in music. Sometimes I will stop what I am going and just listen. New ideas come to me through music.  I also tend to get lost in music which can be good and bad!  There is a reason I do not sing in our praise band at church! My husband and I both work from home and every so often (okay, multiple times a week) he comes into my office and gives me “the look” because I am singing away while he is trying to work!

Another way that I refresh my soul is through cooking! One of my favorite places in my house is my kitchen! If I’m having a frustrating day or I need a break, I will put music on in my kitchen and cook! I love making desserts or creating a wonderful dinner for my family to enjoy. I also love this one because it has two of my favorites involved; music and cooking!

How do you refresh your soul?  Do you go for a long walk?  Read your favorite bible verses?  Get lost in the pages of a coloring book?  Whatever it is, finding your own special way to refresh your soul is important. With the crazy, busy, hectic lives that we all lead our souls needs a break.  These can be simple things like going for a walk or they be projects that give you a break each day.  A project that mean something to you and that you look forward to working on each day/week.  Find what works for you and make it a part of your routine. 

Also remember that your family needs to refresh. Your children and your spouse need that time as well.  We try very hard to do “no tech Tuesdays” in our house.  We have no TV, no phones, no tablets, etc. on Tuesday nights.  We spend time talking, playing games, and going for walks.

Everyone needs time for their soul to rest and refresh.

Here are some simple ideas to start with! Some things are quick and easy and others can be made into projects.   

  1. Spend time with friends
  2. Go for a long walk
  3. Volunteer in your community/give back to others
  4. Try a new restaurant or coffee shop
  5. Look through an old photo album
  6. Write in a journal
  7. Draw/Color
  8. Read a good book
  9. Call an old friend
  10. Take a power nap
  11. De-clutter a room in your house
  12. Yoga
  13. Create a vision board
  14. Go to your favorite bookstore
  15. Get a massage
  16. Create a new playlist
  17. Decorate a room
  18. Learn a new skill (sign language, sewing, etc)
  19. Exercise
  20. Make a space JUST FOR YOU!
June 18, 2019 — Andrea Whitley