Spiritual wellness

Health and Wealth

Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of Wellness. We have been over Emotional and Physical Wellness already (check my last post). If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Today we dive into Spiritual Wellness the basis of spirituality is discovering a sense of meaningfulness in your life and coming to know that you have a purpose to fulfill. As children, we have high hopes and always dream big. For some of us as we get older, we lose faith in ourselves and sadly tend to settle. It is your responsibility to take care of yourself and your life. Every day you wake up is another chance to do your best. Slowing down and being mindful are benefits of spiritual wellness. In other words, mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. I practice mindfulness by grounding myself daily, meditating, practicing yoga, drinking water, and living in my purpose daily.

Spiritual Wellness is not:
• Being a deeply religious person.
• Going to a worship place regularly.
• Forcing a set belief system on self and expecting others to follow.
• Living life according to rigid rules and cultural norms.
• Doing/ Saying what you want to do, and not caring for what others think because your way and belief system is the right way to live.

Spiritual Wellness is:
• Developing a purpose in life
• Having the ability to spend reflective time alone
• Having the ability to explain why you believe what you believe
• Being able to practice forgiveness and compassion in life
• Being mindful and being able to connect with others
• Being responsible and accountable for your actions

Something new I’ve been practicing this year is Spiritual fitness. Spiritual Fitness is the beliefs and practices that strengthen your connectedness with sources of hope, meaning, and purpose. Spiritual fitness is critical to developing overall wellness. Being spiritually drained can look like being envious of others and holding grudges, engaging in immoral behaviors, and having little respect for others. Being spiritually fit looks like being compassionate and leading with your mind, heart, and soul.

Check-in with yourself:
• Do you allow yourself time alone?
• Do you pray? Or reach out to a higher power?
• Do you think about the meaning of life?
• Do you pause to remind yourself that life isn’t all about you?
• Do you put down your phone to just be?
• Do you live in the present?
• Do you respect your boundaries and others?

Things to do for yourself:

When you wake up, sit in your bed or a chair in a relaxed posture. Close your eyes and connect with the sensations of your seated body. Make sure your spine is straight, but not rigid.

  1. Take three long, deep nourishing breaths
  2. Ask yourself: What is my intention for today?
  3. What do I need to take better care of myself?
  4. Set your intention for the day. For example, “Today, I will be kind to myself; be patient with others; give generously; stay grounded; persevere; have fun; eat well,” or anything else you feel is important.

• Watch the sunset or sunrise (Sunrise opens your body to start the day with calmness, and sunset completes your day with peace.)
• Self-reflection (Reflection allows you to go deeper into yourself and allow the connection with your heart and soul.)
• Practice mindfulness (Try to practice for 5-10 minutes per day.)
• Express Gratitude(Be grateful for all you have, including food, a family, a support system, success, and anything else that stands out.)
• Meditation( Headspace app, Youtube, and many other apps in the app store
• Yoga(The physical technique that can help improve your spiritual wellness by reducing emotional and physical strains on your mind and body)

Spiritual wellness is a part of balancing your life. Simply spending time in quiet contemplation or writing in a journal can promote your spirituality. However you decide to pursue your spiritual wellness, your mind and body are sure to benefit. Check back this week to learn about another wellness.

Health Wellness: Emotional & Physical

Health and Wealth

Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of Wellness. This week we will go through each one and learn how to take care of selves. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. 

We start with emotional health, which is an important part of overall health. Emotionally healthy people are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They’re able to cope with life’s challenges. They can keep problems in perspective and bounce back from setbacks. You are able to acknowledge and feel the emotions but not be the emotions. Now always remember never to judge your journey with anyone else’s. Be kind to yourself. If you woke up this morning and just took a shower, I am proud of you, and even if you didn’t, I am still proud of you! Since this whole covid thing started, stress and doubt has been filling a lot of homes.

 Remember these things:

You are loved, You are important, You are needed, You deserve rest, You deserve Peace of mind. 

Emotional Wellness:

Having the ability to talk with someone about your emotional concerns and share your feelings with others. things you can do to stay on track:

  • Saying “no” when you need to without feeling guilty
  • Feeling content most of the time
  • Feeling you have a strong support network i.e.
  • Feeling good about who you are
  • Sticking up for yourself  
  • Speaking your mind 

Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean you’re happy all the time. It means you’re aware of your emotions. You can deal with them, whether they’re positive or negative. Feeling stressed is normal and learning how to cope with stress is essential to being emotionally well. How each of us responds to stress is as individual as we are.

Check-in with yourself:

  • Do you see stress as something you can learn from or something to avoid?
  • Do you allow yourself to experience emotions, just as they are?
  • Are you able to ask for help when you need it?
  • Do you set clear boundaries with family, work, school, and friends?
  • Do you allow yourself to feel the emotions you are feeling, or do you self-sabotage? 

Be Positive: Focus on the good. Few things are all good or all bad. You’ll feel better if you look at the positive aspects of people, new experiences, meals, and everyday activities. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself!!! Everyone grows through hardships in life. Reach out for help and never be ashamed about it. 

Physical Wellness:

Physical Wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. Being physically active is crucial to keeping your body in its top condition. A few proven benefits of physical activity are strengthened bones and muscles, reduced risk of disease and stroke, and more energy.

Understanding the relationship between your body’s physical health and mental health is crucial to develop balanced Physical Wellness. Physical Wellness is listening to and taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning. Taking care of your physical body will help you get through the stress of life.

Things to do for yourself:

  • Drinking 8 cups of water a day
  • Stretching every morning
  • Eating a balanced meal every day
  • Practicing safe sex
  • Exercising 30 Min or more a day

Check-in with yourself?:

  • Do you eat foods you enjoy, stay hydrated through the day, and listen to your hunger cues?
  • Are you able to keep a consistent sleep schedule and get 7 hours of sleep/night?
  • Do you move your body daily?
  • How much water do you drink a day?

Be kind to yourself: In the internet age, Youtube has well over in the thousand at-home workouts. And even if you don’t have the time do what you can today and try again tomorrow. Keep moving forward; if you wake up the next day, there is your chance.

Check back in a few days!