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Wellness is a Lifestyle
It’s been a long time coming. I can’t tell you exactly how it started, but when it did, it’s been a slow burn ever since.
When your eyes are opened to changes that need to be made in your life, it’s hard to push them away and pretend they don’t exist.
It’s easy to push the negative choices you make every day under the rug.
Micah and I have been diving deep into what exactly “wellness” means and what it entails. “Wellness” can certainly be subjective, but I believe there are fundamentals of living well. If you truly want to pursue wellness, it has to become a lifestyle.
Wellness needs to be a conscious effort that you make every single day. It’s hard to change. It’s hard to push towards goals (ask me how I know).
Wellness can be broken down into several different “pillars”, but the main ones that I see most people pursuing are
- mental/emotional wellness
- financial wellness
- spiritual wellness
- physical wellness (or overall health)
This is a lengthy post, if you want to save it for later, scroll to the bottom, click the image and print out the post 😉
We’ll be taking a brief glance at what these different pillars are, and steps on how to steer you towards your holistic wellness goals.
Mental and Emotional Wellness
Having struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my life, I’m a huge advocate for mental health and emotional wellbeing. It can be hard to detect the red flags that pop up when you struggle with emotional wellness.
Is it my personality?
Am I struggling with the stresses of life?
Is this a rough patch that I’m going through?
Is this the seasonal blues?
It can be easy to let the warning signs pass us by.
You might have different needs when it comes to your mental and emotional wellness. Some folks are naturally more happy go lucky, positive types.
If you’re like me, you need to work harder on seeing the glass half full instead of empty.
Having mental health and emotional wellness in good working order doesn’t necessarily mean you have your whole life figured out.
I believe that being in a good place mentally and emotionally means that you don’t have a panic/anxiety attack every single time a stressful situation crops up.
I also think it means that you’re able to take a deep breath and make a conscious effort at shifting your perspective on the situation. It doesn’t have to be an immediate reaction, but it can become more of a realization and progress towards that goal.
I’d love to know your thoughts on what mental and emotional wellness means to you!
No matter where you are on the emotional spectrum, jot down where you are right now in life. Look at your life as a whole.
Are you having more bad days than good? Do you think you’re going to lose it on the next person who asks you how your day is going?
Do you look forward to waking up the next morning? Are you excited about all of the possibilities that life has in store?
Be honest with yourself. If you need someone else to offer their opinion who knows you well and can be honest with you, ask them as well.
I wrote an entire series on being good stewards of our finances. As a brief summary, it’s imperative to get out of debt as soon as you can and create a $1,000 emergency fund. It might seem like every time you put money in your emergency fund you have to take out of it, but that’s ok. That’s why it’s there!
Getting finances under control is one of the catalysts to removing financial burdens so you can focus on other areas of wellness. Check out the series for even more details on how to obtain financial wellness.
Use a few hours to take stock of your finances.
How much money is coming in?
What are your recurring expenses (i.e. rent/mortgage, bills, car payment etc)?
How are you spending your money outside of those recurring expenses?
What can you cut out?
Check out the series for more tips on how to develop a budget and why it’s important.
This can be a tricky topic for some because everything can seem fine on the outside but deeeeeeep down you know you can be doing better.
If you’re a Christian, there are several things that you need to engage in.
Personal Bible Study, Prayer, Worship, Tithing to your church. These are just a few examples of the essential disciplines of the Christian.
Donal Whitney’s book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is an excellent resource to identify and develop those disciplines.
Are you part of a Church body that believes the essentials of the Christian faith?
Are you able to fellowship with them weekly?
How is your personal walk with the Lord?
Don’t do this evaluation out of guilt, do it out of a renewed vigor to grow in your relationship with Christ.
Physical Wellness (or Overall Health)
Your overall health and physical wellness can encompass all of the above and include your physical body.
Are you taking care of yourself physically?
It’s remarkable how our body is wired to allow our mental and emotional state impact our physical body. The stress lines, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn and indigestion, hernias. Just to name a few! All of those ailments can be linked back to emotional and mental stresses.
We need to start taking better care of ourselves (me included). By evaluating our diet, exercise, mental and emotional health, we’ll start making strides to more holistic wellness.
How are your eating habits?
Take a week to keep a food journal and see how you’re eating.
Do you eat out a lot? What kinds of foods are you eating?
How often are you sedentary? Do you get enough sleep?
Where are your aches and pains? What kind of exercise do you do?
A Few Steps
You can use these steps as an overarching wellness plan encompassing all of these wellness pillars, or you can use them for each individual pillar.
- Take an honest look at where you are now
- Where do you want to be in a year?
- What are you doing now?
- Is that pushing you toward your goals?
We need to take care of ourselves in order for us to take care of others. If we want to serve others in whatever capacity we can or desire to, we need to make sure we are doing our best to ensure our overall wellness.
We are to be good stewards of everything God has given us. By taking care of our body, spending time with the Lord, stewarding our finances wisely, moving our body, eating well, we will be on our way to achieving our overall wellness and making wellness a lifestyle!
Remember, there are four “pillars” of wellness. Mental/Emotional, Financial, Spiritual, and Physical.
It just occurred to me that there can be a fifth pillar: Relationships (family, friends, co-workers etc). Maybe I’ll write a separate post on that one 😉
Take stock of where you are on your wellness journey within each of those pillars. Where are you now and where do you want to be in a year? Is the path you’re on now going to get you to your goal?
If you have to, ask a trusted friend, family member, mentor their honest opinion of where you are and how you’re doing.
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Where are you on your wellness journey?
What are you doing great at? What do you need help on?
Let me know in the comments! I’m happy to help in any way I can! 🙂