5 Useful Tools for the Soul!
as someone who previously struggled in many aspects of my life, anytime i get my hands on something that works and continues to work, i feel a duty to share it! if it helps one person feel slightly better, i count it as a win!
today i am sharing 5 useful tools for the soul, specifically! these are all things i personally use to help get my mind in the right spot so i can accomplish the things i want out of life.
1) a touchy-feely journal!
some people love bullet journaling, some people want the cut and dry planner and this year i have opted to dig deeper. this is new to my life but i am super into it. it’s by the ever brilliant and soul-searchy danielle laporte. i opted for the daily planner (seasonal) but she also has a weekly planner and a journal for those of you who want to be free from the structure! you can tell by my selection that i am quite type A.
i especially love that when i close it, the cover holds the promise of what is inside (based upon my writing and actions). it’s a bit spendy compared to others but it also gives you a lot more than others too. the only draw back is that the paper-type used doesn’t work great with all pens because it’s shiny-ish but i still dig it and use a fine-tip sharpie.
2) “big magic!”
i am sure you have seen big magic floating around the interweb and on instagram. it’s the newest book from elizabeth gilbert and holy smokes is it speaking directly to me right now. i never considered myself a “creative” but really that is fear/self-doubt/lack of confidence kicking in. we are all creative and she shows you how to live courageously beyond fear. super good for the soul and helps move you towards what you want to be doing but sometimes fear gets in the way.
3) headspace mediation
while the headspace meditation app is eventually a paid product, you get an excellent (and free) 10-day introduction to meditation. this is what i used when i first started using meditation to manage my anxiety and it was so helpful to understand the basics. plus, each meditation is only 10 minutes so it feels very doable.
4) #truthbomb deck
this #truthbomb card deck is also by the fab danielle laporte and my sister-in-law got it for me this christmas! they are little white cards with positive and honest affirmations unlike any i’ve seen before!
some of my top favorites include:
- “risk being disliked (actually, if yourself, it’s inevitable)“
- “your self-expression is a great service to the world“
- “do the f*cking work!“
she shakes you and has a way with words that speak directly into your soul. i sometimes read a few in a day when i needing serious inspiration. i am also pulling the ones out that really speak to me and placing them around my office/home!
ah adult coloring. it’s totally catching on and i am into it (as you can see, my family knows i love it so they have all given me various books). why is coloring a great tool for the soul? i find that when my mind is engaged in something relaxing but still semi-focused, it allows thoughts and ideas to surface in ways that are different than if i simply sat at my desk and said “come forth, genius ideas!” coloring is engaging one part of your brain while allowing other areas to move more freely and it’s awesome.
i have found that it’s so important that you get your mind right so that you can accomplish the goals and aspirations you have in life! i hope at least one of these tools for the soul helps you in the magical and needed goal you have set for yourself!
what other tools to you use to get in that healthy space?