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The world needs more pleasure. For some reason, we’ve convinced ourselves that there isn’t time for it. Deadlines, to-do-lists, and everyone else comes first. This mentality of “powering through” in order to get more done is what keeps the cycle of stress active. Adding more pleasure into your life can create the relief you’re searching for.
WHAT IS PLEASURE?
Pleasure is whatever makes your heart sing and your mind calm. Enjoying a piece of dark chocolate can be pleasurable. Waking up refreshed and energised can be too. It is deeply satisfying to your mind, body, and spirit. And just like shoes, one size doesn’t fit all.
Your idea of pleasure will be different from another.
The key, is finding what feels good in your life.
11 WAYS TO ADD MORE PLEASURE
- Dance. Late dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille said it best: “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger. More beautiful. More powerful.” I couldn’t agree more. Dance moves out of the mind and into the body. Nothing is more freeing than expressing your whole self in the moment. Let your hair down and go for it!
- Get lost in nature. Science is now finding that a simple walk in nature can make you more alert and happy. The greener the better. Ten minutes is all you need.
- Make yourself a smile fort. Simply put, surround yourself with things that make you smile. Pile on the pillows! Hang your favorite paintings. Keep a picture of your pup at work. Make it meaningful, silly, and playful. The sky is the limit here!
- Wear clothes you love. Step away from the hoodie and sweatpants! The perfect time to dress up is when you’re feeling less than confident. Instead, try slipping into a beautiful outfit you love. Wearing clothes you feel confident in can make your feel better about yourself.
- Schedule your fun time first. You read right. Instead of penciling in all the things on your to-do list first, write in the stuff you enjoy. Schedule a weekend trip or lunch with friends before scrolling in lawn work. Time spent in pleasure is just as much a priority as time spent elsewhere.
- Meditation. One of the best cures for a stressed out mind is meditation. Focus on your breath for 2-3 minutes. Inhale deep. Exhale deep. Repeat. Don’t try to clear your mind. Simply put your intent on your breath. Work up to 10 minutes.
- Give a gift. Thinking of all the things you don’t have but need can be a big stressor. When you find yourself shifting into I don’t have mode, try to switch into giving Donate to your local animal shelter. Send your mom some flowers. You don’t always have to pay! Give the gift of your time to a cause close to your heart.
- Follow your inner-child. What you loved as a child doesn’t fade as you become an adult. He or she is still in there. Play time is still a necessary pleasure. Give yourself permission to paint, or draw, or play on the swings. Hey, if it makes you happy, go for it! You have nothing to lose!
- Love up a friend. Sometimes our own problems take us away from showing love and appreciation to another. Call a friend and tell them how much you appreciate them. Let them know all the wonderful qualities they have. Be genuine. The love they receive from you will feel too good to stay in a funk!
- Eat to live. Did anyone ever tell you eating healthy can be pleasurable? Ok, I’m telling you now! When you nourish your body with whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats, you give it the love it needs to have energy, beauty, and support. Eat to live and you will be satisfied with the results.
- Let your needs be heard. Silencing your needs for the needs of your partner or family is a common factor in emotional stress. Don’t hold it in. Have the conversation that needs to be had. When you can ask and share what you need in a relationship, you allow new possibilities for pleasure. Give yourself permission to be heard. You deserve it!
It’s worth mentioning that feeling pleasure isn’t a crime. Nor is it frivolous. It is as necessary for your health and happiness as water. I invite you to try one, a few, or all the things on this short list. Feel free to add to it. Lean into feeling good more. You’ll be surprised how your life can change.
Mia D. Davis,
Author Bio – Mia D. Davis is a holistic health coach, wellness consultant, and speaker. She teaches busy people natural ways to release & relieve daily stress so they can feel more calm, collected and energised. When she’s not coaching or speaking, Mia can be found in tree pose, painting, or somewhere in nature (preferably an island.). Visit her at The Mindful Wellness Blog. (hyperlink for The Mindful Wellness Blog: https://www.miaddavis.com)