Self Soothing

A calming view © Luigi Masella |

I’ve recently become aware of the term “self soothing”, and I think it’s an important concept. Self-soothing is doing things that calm and relax you. This is not the same as recreation – shooting Nazi zombies or doing 50 push-ups is fun and beneficial, but these activities do not sooth us. Just as we need to have times of fun, we need to have times of calm. A lack of calm is harmful to our bodies, our minds, and to our marriages.

What can sooth? A few ideas to get you started:

  • A cup of tea. Take the time to brew it, and sip it, slowly, while doing nothing.
  • Watching a sunset.
  • Reading – if it’s not study or action packed.
  • Listening to music – as in closing your eyes and really listening.
  • Watching a slide show (or screen saver) of beautiful nature images.

Find a thing or two that sooth you, and make them a part of your day. Additionally, when you feel stressed, self-sooth. The time the activity takes is not wasted, you will actually be more productive, and get more done in the long run, if you slow down and relax a bit.

3 Comments on “Self Soothing

  1. Worship and prayer can be self-soothing too, physically and spiritually. (But I guess not always – some prayer and worship is too intense to be classed soothing!)

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