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10 Ways To Make Your Soul Breathe

Last week we talked about the one thing that you can do even when you feel overwhelmed, but then I realized that you can go further. You can take that one thing and go deeper to really reach your soul in the midst of the chaos around you.

soul breathe

This is not a list to add to the endless lists of things to do. This is a list of suggestions, things you can try, and see how you feel. See how your soul feels. See how you breathe.

  1. Music — put it on and turn it up. I find something encouraging works best here, but anything can work!
  2. Flower — yes, even singular. Even one flower in some water where you can see it can remind you of so much.
  3. Sunshine — I know it sounds so simple, but feeling the sun on your face, even for a few minutes makes a difference.
  4. Move — not where you live, but your body! A simple stroll or a tough workout, both remind us that we are capable of amazing things.
  5. Hobby — remember those? Those things you did because you loved them, not because you had to. Dust one off and see if it still brings joy. You can read about how I found my to this here.
  6. Bath — this is not for everyone. But I love baths. Do you know how often I take one? Yeah, I can’t remember either. Give it a try. It always makes me feel better.
  7. Candle — lighting a candle can create a different atmosphere. It can calm with just the flicker of light. Find one you love and light it just because.
  8. Laugh — it is always worth it! Do something silly with someone you love. Watch a funny movie. Roll down a hill with the kids. Just have fun and remember how good it feels to laugh.
  9. List — make a list of things you are grateful for. It sounds so simple, but seldom do we stop and remember the good things in our lives. You won’t regret it.
  10. Serve — now don’t give up here. I know it feels like you do for everyone else all of the time. But do something different. Go beyond. Bless someone in a beautifully unexpected way. You’ll be amazed at how good this one feels!

The list doesn’t end here. There are endless possibilities. The only requirement is that it makes your soul breathe. Try one today (or a few!) and see how it reaches deep into those places in your being that get overlooked so easily.

Breathe well today friend, and tell us what you would add to the list!


Linking up today with Holley Gerth & Jennifer Dukes Lee

About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I’m here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

9 Replies

  1. I must be light-sensitive because the two items on your list that most resonated for me were sunshine and candles. What a great inventory!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love that connection! Light is so very powerful!

  2. Great suggestions, Becky. I’m realising I don’t laugh often enough, nor remember to feed/nurture my soul as much as I should do. After months of living in the overwhelm, it’s really good timing to be reminded to let my soul breathe. Thank you for these inspiring ideas. So please excuse me, I’m off to light a candle or two, jot down some things I am thankful for and listen to a bit of uplifting music! Aahh… 🙂 x

    1. Becky Hastings

      Joy, I hope you’ve found some time to breathe over the past few days!

      1. Yes, I did. A little soul solace time was called for. I retreated into my favourite nook of books and retreated from the internet. Thanks, Becky. You inspired me to take a needful break! 🙂 x

        1. Becky Hastings

          Yay! I’m so glad!

  3. These are good suggestions, Becky. Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves and it is often little things that will bring us the most breathing room.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it funny how the little things can make such a big difference! So glad you’re here today Donna!

    2. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it funny how the little things can make such a big difference?! So glad you’re here today, Donna!

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