What Brings You Joy?

Seriously. Actually ask yourself – What brings you a sense of unattached contentment and delight?

Now ask yourself – How can you cultivate those aspects of your life and share them with others?

As a clinician, it is imperative that I ask myself – what am I doing to help my patients enhance joy in their lives? A patient who struggles with chronic pain expressed her fear of losing her ability to garden. When I asked her what she loves about gardening she responded beaming with joy, “I love flowers. In the spring, when I’m driving, I see the flowers beginning to bloom- and I think to myself: there is hope.” Her treatment plan included a weekly prescription of cut flowers.

Here are some things that bring me joy: folding warm laundry, laying in the grass on a sunny day, baking a cake from scratch- and letting the process take way longer than necessary, live music… kittens.

10 Things to Remember About Nourishing Yourself

1. Start by adding in healthy foods instead of restricting yourself.
2. Eat more vegetables. Period. Go green. If it’s COLOURFUL is has vitamins.
3. Get creative! Cook, bake and experiment with new recipes. Listen to music.
4. Make healthy PROTEIN a staple- especially for breakfast. Think nuts, eggs, lean meats.
5. You need to REST to DIGEST. Stop, breath, eat and enjoy.
6. Eat with others MORE than you eat alone. Show your LOVE through sharing food.
7. Sweets are ok in moderation (a few times a week)- especially if they are homemade.
8. Water. Drink water when you are thirsty because that is what your body wants. Carry a reusable water bottle around with you.
9. Olive oil, when in doubt, season with olive oil. Get at least 2 tablespoons a day.
10. Walk to the grocery store.