The Interconnection of Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment for Wholeness, Wellness and Health
The spirit needs – purpose, a reason for being. It needs to belong, to be loved and to live a life of meaning, integrity, and benevolence if it is to discover and honour its purpose.
The mind needs – peace, love, clarity, structure, achievable goals and objectives. It also needs a balance between silent reflection and positive stimulation.
The body needs – to ensure its own survival in order that it can fulfil all the demands placed on it. It needs the highest forms of physical energy (food free from toxicity), relaxation, sleep, exercise, detoxification, pampering, hydration, and quality nutrition. It is from this position of balance and poise that the body is able to fully support the mind and spirit.
The Environment – is the soil in which the other 3 grow – It impacts our emotional, psychological, social and biological realities, It lifts you, inspires you, holds and cares for you. Includes living in harmony with the earth, healthy relationships, social conscience, work and social time balance, pollution & toxins, personal environment and a place of safety and retreat.
Signs Your Life is Out of Balance:
- Health is deteriorating and you frequently find yourself unwell.
- You feel your time is 100% controlled by other people and commitments.
- Your sleep is restless or broken.
- Every little thing becomes an emergency in your mind.
- There is little, if any time spent doing what you love.
- You constantly feel stressed, anxious, or worried.
- Your life seems to revolve around one particular area, such as work.
- People are seen as time stealers and you find yourself becoming withdrawn or avoiding them.
- Physical movement or exercise are virtually non-existent in your life.
- You find yourself more agitated or unable to control your temper.
- You are too tired to acknowledge or enforce your own emotional, personal and professional boundaries.
Here are some things you can do right now to begin restoring balance:
Pay attention to your health – We hear this over and over again, but usually only give it lip service. We know what we need to do, but it isn’t a priority until we have a health crisis. Our health really does affect the quality of our lives and our work. We are far more productive and happier when we get enough sleep, eat a little healthier and fit in some type of activity.
Minimize toxins – By that I don’t mean chemicals (though that might help too.) Minimize the negative influences around you. Avoid toxic people (complainers, whiners, poor attitudes.) If you can’t completely avoid them, at least minimize contact and tune them out as much as you can. Surround yourself with positive, supportive, can-do people whenever possible.
Spend time alone – Making time for you is probably the hardest thing to do for the typical overworked and overwhelmed person, but it is crucial for lowering stress, increasing happiness and encouraging creativity. Some things to try; meditate, write, sketch, do some yoga or simply sit quietly for a few minutes each day and do absolutely nothing.
Relationships do matter – Set aside quality time with your family and friends. Don’t just sit in front of the television, really connect and pay attention to those you care about. Make a date with your significant other, have coffee with a friend, play a game with a child. Really get to know the people around you.
Turn it off – Disconnect on the weekend. I hear the excuses already, but try it, at least for one day or even a few hours each night. Put the phone down and turn off the computer. Give your work brain a rest. Bonus: Spend the extra time actually interacting with your family and friends!
Say NO – It’s a given that if your life is overflowing you will never be able to achieve balance and manage it all. It’s just not possible. Say no to everything that is either not essential or doesn’t add something valuable to your life. Be ruthless!
Treat yourself – Get a pedicure or a facial. Better yet, schedule a massage. It doesn’t need to be costly; a glass of wine, your favourite coffee or tea, a delightfully scented candle or beautiful flowers will make a huge impact.
Expand your awareness – Take a class, learn to paint or try something new that you’ve always wanted to learn. Read a book that sparks your interest or try listening to uplifting music. Find what interests you.
Remember fun – Laugh, joke, play, find your sense of humour, subscribe to a daily joke. Nothing makes you feel better as fast as an old-fashioned belly laugh.