Being healthy should be a number one priority in our lives but being a healthy person does not mean simply eating right and going to the gym. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
To be truly healthy you need to consider all the aspects of our life, and I bet if you look closely you’re missing something, and that might be why your not feeling quite right.
The Whole Self
When you think of your “whole self” remember the acronym MESPS- Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Physical and Social. I learnt about this while taking my Therapist Assistant course and it has really resonated with me. When we talked about it in class I realized I was completely missing out on several aspects. I was to busy between gym, classes and studying to focus on me. My body was in shape but my mind was a mess, and I didn’t even realize it until I finished school and just took a deep breath.
No matter how much your family/partner/job needs you, you are no good to them of you are not well.
Break it Down!
Mental– were all missing a little something here and thats ok 😉
If your stressed and tired and anxious, you might also believe that you are not good enough. This is not what you deserve and you’re not trapped and this is not the way it is! If there really is a meaning to life it has to be being happy, and living the best, most fulfilling life there is.
What makes you mentally healthy, happy and calm? Do you need some time to yourself, then take it! Do you need to feel beautiful? Then go to the salon!! Do you feel unappreciated? Then tell your family or boss that they need to appreciate you and all that you do and they need to show it! You need to advocate for you! STAND STRONG!
Have you ever been sad or angry and not been able to pin down why? It happens because we don’t check in with ourselves enough. We sit around wondering what our boyfriends & husbands are feeling, but instead of asking and inevitably annoying him, you should bring your thinking back to you. What are you feeling? Do you need something more or less to bring that emotional state back to peaceful. Make checking in part of your daily routine, once in the morning, noon and night. If you really need… Make yourself a mood chart. If it’s tending to look a little to red and angry you need to know why! Your emotional health is suffering.
This ones actually a little complicated because not everyone is spiritual in the same way. If you are a religious person the easy advice is spend some time with your God, however that might be. Ask him what you need to know and let your faith guide you. If you are not religious, finding spiritual peace is going to look different for you. Personally my spiritual place is on or in the water. Water makes me feel calm and connected with myself and the world around me. For some of you it might be the mountains and the trees, and some of you look to the retail gods. Whatever it is that makes you feel peaceful and whole is what your spiritual connection is. Find it and follow it.
According to the Canadian Health Authorities we need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but most of us try to claim that we don’t have time. Well Hun this is for you, your health and your well being, so maybe make some time! This 60mins doesn’t have to be all at once. It can be spread through the day. Walk or bike to and from work. Take the kids out and walk around the park. Get up nice and early and go to the gym or pool. Maybe instead of meeting your friend for coffee and sitting down, suggest a walk while you talk and drink. I really shouldn’t have to tell you how to be physically active for only an hour, but there you go, 4 different ways to work physical activity into your day!
Social time is so important because it gives us a little bit of everything else. We talk to our friends and they help us work through our issues, they celebrate in our success and they share our anger. They help us feel connected to the world around us and they give us balance. Please know that social time is whatever you want to make it, whether its coffee with a friend, or joining in on a conversation through twitter, as long as we are connecting with another human being.
Now take what you know about your Whole Self and find your balance. Feel free to take a day to yourself and relax and reflect on what you need to be healthy. Call it a mental health day. It’s a real thing! They actually offer them at jobs that are rather stressful, and really life is just that. Tell others what you are doing and that you need time for you. If they judge you than call them out for getting in the way of your health. Make them feel guilty for it, because you shouldn’t!