Updated: Aug 11, 2022
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver" ~ Gandhi
I'm not sure when it happened (might be an interesting little research dive), but somehow in our conventional, modern medical system the body has been pieced apart into separate systems and categories. There are specialists for each part of our bodies and, for the most part, they are treated separately. Our body is an organism; a whole with interdependent parts. Wouldn't it make sense to take care of our bodies as a whole in order to function optimally? Most of us have time to figure out what place we want to order take out from, binge watch Netflix and scroll social media, so maybe we can consider re-allocating some of that time to really focus on our well being. Depending on the source, there are quite a few different categories of self-care; some break it down into body, mind, heart and soul, others list out social, physical, intellectual, vocational, spiritual and emotional self-care, still others add in financial and environmental aspects of well being. This post is really just to get you thinking about self-care, well being and simple changes you can make now that will help you live your best life. For simplicity purposes, I'm going to stick with the body, mind, heart and soul breakdown of self-care and well being.
Body is defined as; the physical structure of a person or an animal, including the bones, flesh, and organs. There are some simple ways to take care of your body by setting small, attainable goals. Try to add just one more cup a day of water, get to bed at a consistent time to work on your sleep hygiene, move your body every day even just by increasing movement by 5-10 minutes a few times a day, choose whole, unprocessed foods.
Mind is defined as ; the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. Some simple strategies are; positive affirmations, continuing to learn about topics that are of interest to you, read/watch/listen to something that inspires you.
Heart is all the things that make you feel love and give you support. Really think about who your community is, find your tribe, build your support system, lean into that support system when you need it, give back (there's lots of ways to do this and it doesn't have to be a huge gesture), work on being present and laugh as much as possible.
Soul is defined as; emotional or intellectual energy or intensity, especially as revealed in a work of art or an artistic performance. Practice training your brain with mindfulness and meditation, rock out to or make some music, practice gratitude daily, spend time in nature and let it ground you, create something (write, draw, paint, carve, etc).
When you're thinking about how to make changes in your life, write out a goal that is attainable and with a specific date for completing it. Research shows that goals that are written down are more likely to be taken seriously and achieved. You may also want an accountability partner, someone who will help hold you to your goals and maybe even participate with you! Also think about any potential barriers that might arise and ideas for how to overcome them in order to achieve your goals.
What changes would you like to make in your life? Are you feeding your mind, body, heart and soul?
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