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10 Ways to Keep Your Spirit Healthy

By Angel Johnson--In BeyoncĂ©'s song, “Pretty Hurts,” she sings, “it’s the soul that needs surgery.” I agree with her. A healthy soul is just as important as physical health. Here is my 10-step program called SoulBit that offers 10 ways to keep your soul healthy.

1. When you wake up in the morning, affirm yourself in the mirror. It’s not weird, I promise; I do it all the time. Remind yourself that you’re:

  • Beautiful
  • Talented
  • Intellectual
  • Good enough

You have a gift to show the world and affirmations will help you get your day started.

2Try to use positive speech, because words have power.

Say what you’re good at instead of what you’re not.

3Stop apologizing for speaking up.

One thing I’ve noticed in today’s society is that we as women apologize for speaking up or asserting ourselves. Ladies, we don’t have to apologize for everything. What we have to say matters.

4. I don’t know about you, but I love music, so why not create an empowering playlist? Some songs can include:

  • “Wings” by Little Mix
  • “Gold” by Brit Nicole 
  • “You Can’t Stop Me” by Andy Mineo

These songs are empowering and will keep you going throughout your day.

5. Accept compliments daily.

If someone says you’re great, simply say “thank you.” If someone says you look nice today, say “thank you.” In the past, I’ve been guilty of responding to compliments like these by saying, “Really? I feel like I look terrible today.”  My negative response cancelled out their compliment. Remember: positive speech is important!

6. Take a breather, because rest is very important.

It is perfectly okay to stay home and read a good book every once in a while.

7. Go on adventures with your friends.

These adventures can be anything from a day at the beach to building a fort in your backyard. (Come on and let your inner child out!)

8. Take a nap.

Yes, I said it: take a nap. I know we’re in college, but sometimes a 20-minute power nap can help you focus on your schoolwork better.

9. Pamper yourself.

Do your nails or take a bubble bath. You deserve it; you have been working hard all week.

10. Remember: you’re not alone.

You’re great and you have friends who care about you. I know we live in an individualistic society, but we weren’t made to do life alone. I don’t know where I would be without my friends today.

There you have it! These 10 steps will make sure your soul is in shape, so try SoulBit today.

About the blogger: Angel Johnson is in her fourth year at California State University, Northridge. She grew up with low self-esteem as a result of the media. Before she was a teenager, Angel thought she needed makeup to be beautiful. In high school she learned her worth came from within not from her appearance. Currently she is creating an organization to teach media literacy to the next generation. In her free time she likes to dance and hang out with her friends. 


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