Have you ever considered the concept of wellness? The World Health Organization defines wellness as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”
Stop and think about the diseases or infirmities that have captured the headlines or perhaps invaded your family. Last year taught me the value of wellness. Not just as it relates to my physical health but spiritual, emotional, and financial as well. I’ve been reading ‘Doctor’s Favorite Natural Remedies’ and am learning about the spectrum from ill-heath to average-health to enhanced-health.
So how do we move from ill-health to enhanced-health?
Let’s take a look at the wellness pyramid:
Eat Good Food
Share Your Feelings
Let’s take a deeper look at each one:
- Share Your Feelings: Do you have someone you can be intimate with regarding how you feel? Do you tend to keep things bottled up? Isolation has wreaked havoc on many of us this past year. We must open up and let someone know how we’re really doing.
- Eat Good Food: This is about eating whole foods versus foods that are processed. Make sure to include fruits and vegetables and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Exercise: Moving your body is vital! We need to move at least 150 minutes per week. That breaks down to 30 minutes for five days out of each week. Physical exercise isn’t just good for your body, it’s also good for boosting your mood, helping with concentration, and fighting off depression.
- Relax: We all need to chill from time to time. So much of what we hear or read about current events is stress-inducing. Relaxing includes getting sufficient sleep, finding a hobby that you enjoy, practicing deep breathing techniques, or meditating on scripture.
- Be: Finally, at the top of the pyramid, we come to being. When we focus on being who God designed us to be we’ll find peace, serenity, and purpose.
It may not be easy to practice this type of self-care but in times like these, it’s vital to our well-being to make wellness a priority. Let me know if you decide to give it try, that way we can spur one another on!
Let’s Reflect: Read through the stages of the wellness pyramid again. Which area do you need the most work on? Who do you have to talk to? What kind of food are you eating? How much exercise are you getting? What are you doing to relax? How often can you just BE? Take some time to journal about where you find yourself on the wellness spectrum and make note of where you want to find yourself by the end of the year.
Let’s Pray: Father God, we are grateful for how You’ve designed us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. May we invest in our temples, seek the highest level of health, and bring You glory through our lifestyles. Father, may we experience wellness in every aspect of our lives, and may our souls prosper as our bodies and minds prosper. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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