Wellness is the integration of body, mind, and spirit. This is a very important part of wellness- realizing how it all works together. You can have wellness in your body, but if you have "stinking thinking" as we've spoke about in previous blogs, then you will not obtain true wellness. On the other hand, if you neglect yourself spiritually, but take care of your physical self and mental self, you will feel you are still "missing something" as we hear people say.
With that being said, it's good to just focus on one when you are starting to integrate wellness. Just remember that you may not feel completely "well" until you incorporate them together. Start with one thing small in one area and then move to another small thing in another area.
Wellness is the loving acceptance of yourself.
I love that Gerald Corey includes this as part of wellness in his book "I Never Knew I Had a Choice.". Many people forget that this is part of wellness.
Accepting yourself leads to better self esteem. Better self esteem will create motivation to WANT to take care of yourself in regards to wellness. Better wellness creates better self-esteem. It's a vicious, lovely cycle, isn't it? Accepting yourself includes if you aren't able to perfectly stay on top of every area of wellness in your life. Sometimes you may be stronger physically but have some negative thinking. You might start working on the thinking and see that your work outs aren't as regular. It's okay to not do it perfectly and important to still accept and love yourself.
Having good wellness practices (notice I said good, not perfect!) will show that you accept and love yourself. The same way a parent cares for a child, you are caring for yourself.
Tomorrow Joleen will share with us ways to achieve Wellness. Thank you for reading and good luck as you start the New Year focusing on your wellness.
Source: "I Never Knew I Had a Choice" by Gerald Corey
Written by Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville