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Words to Nourish Your Soul When You’re Stressed

Many of us reside inside our minds, as I noted in last week’s post. While our brains are the birthplace of imagination and creativity and plenty of wonderful things, negative, anxious thoughts can easily fester and mutate during uncertain, challenging times.

In addition to tuning into our bodies when we’re ruminating, another helpful approach is to connect to our souls (or spirit, or heart, or your core, or …..whatever you’d like to call it).

We need practices to jolt us out of our worry thoughts and remind us of what’s vital.

Here are some beautiful words that do just that from the new book The Yoga Almanac: 52 Practices and Rituals to Stay Grounded Through the Astrological Seasons by Lisette Cheresson and Andrea Rice.

“Wherever you are now

whatever you are feeling

or thinking

it will eventually change

and transmute.

For each and every

waking moment

is a chance to be

born anew.”


“We are strong as the roots

that anchor us to personal soil.

Foundations are the fonts

from which our truest selves spring.

Equanimity enables us to find

calm in any storm, love in any loss,

to find promise of dawn

even in a starless night.”


“We are not floating blindly, untethered.

We are as interconnected as the roots to leaves,

as the cycles of the moon pulling on sea.

Grounded as we are to

blood, breath,

love, memory—

how can we ever be lost?

The fear we release

and the peace that we chase—

it has been within us all along.”


“Just as the cosmos are infinite,

so too is universal potential.

To settle is to hinder freedom and liberation,

to expand is to rewrite beliefs

of what we think is possible.

When we recognize each moment

as limitless potential,

we become expansive

in our wholeness.”


You are a unique being, the only you

who has ever breathed, moved, or loved.

Because you are the only one, how

could you not be the perfect expression

of your own singular humanity?

To be true to yourself is to

recognize the innate splendor of your being,

to honor the process of your becoming into

the immediate here and now.

You are perfect, real, and authentically

where you need to be.”

Pick a poem or phrases that resonate with you and make the words part of your morning, afternoon, or evening self-care ritual: Recite them as you sip your morning tea. Reread them as you take a break from work. Rewrite them in your journal as you take deep breaths and visualize different calming images.

Jot your favorite words down on sticky notes, placing them in visible areas throughout your home. Type them into the Notes app on your phone. Memorize a poem and recite it when you really need it. Rewrite the inspiring words into your planner.

Whatever you do, let these words nourish you. Let them remind you of your strength and resilience. Let them remind you to be kind and patient with yourself. Let them remind you of the magic of a new moment. Let them remind you to give yourself whatever you might need.

Photo by Matthew Smith on Unsplash.

Words to Nourish Your Soul When You’re Stressed

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2020). Words to Nourish Your Soul When You’re Stressed. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 2, 2020, from


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