I know that every day of life isn’t sunshine and roses. I know that we all face obstacles, challenges and stressors that knock our emotions out of alignment. But the question is, how long do you stay off course? This question isn’t just centered around your exercise routine or healthy eating. It’s about life as a whole. When something doesn’t go your way, how long to you allow it to keep you from exuding a spirit of wellness.
For me, exuding a spirit of wellness means several things.
- You take care of your body.
- You take care of your mind.
- You take care of your spirit.
- You equip yourself with the tools necessary to go through life’s tests and still come out shining.
- People feel differently when they encounter you.
So let’s break each one of these down.
- If you take care of your body, you are mindful of what you put in it. You fuel your body with the types of foods you know support optimal health. This is not to say you never indulge. Very few live life in that way. This means you recognize that certain foods provide the nutritional sustenance you need to avoid and reduce your risk of certain diseases, to feel your best and to perform your best. And because you recognize that, you take the time to implement these foods into your life. This also means that you are active. From an early age we are taught the importance of physical activity. If you exude a spirit of wellness you get your body moving regularly, and it shows. There’s no one exercise program that fits all. So you pick what you enjoy, and you do it consistently.
- We are lifelong sponges if we allow ourselves to be. To take care of your mind you have to continually challenge it to grow and take on new concepts. The day you stop learning is the day you stop living. You don’t have to read a book a week, but you make a conscious effort to fill your mind with information and you direct that information to positive efforts in your life.
- Your growth as a Christian doesn’t stop after your baptism. It’s a lifelong endeavor that only you can undertake. This is not to say that you don’t need spiritual guidance. I’m a firm believer that we all need that. But in order to exude a spirit of wellness, you have to take the bulk of the ownership here. Your personal relationship with God is directly reflected in your life.
- Whether it’s positive affirmations posted around your home, daily devotionals or morning meditation, one who exudes a spirit of wellness can encounter conflict, deal with it, then move on with their life. An incident that occurred with a rude driver at 7 a.m. is nothing but an afterthought and takes up none of your emotional energy by 7:30. This is no easy feat. It’s something you have consciously work on. It’s something we should all work on daily. But, if you can get to this point you are in an amazing place in your life.
- Not to toot your own horn, but you have a way of making people feel better? Or are you able to look for a positive spin in all situations? Do you refrain from gossip while everyone else can’t seem to get enough? People might not say it to your face, but these traits make you stand out. People look at you differently. People act differently around you. People feel better when you’re around. And that’s because you exude a spirit of wellness. Never stop!
Wellness is a beautiful thing. And when you finally get there, you’ll know it.