My relationship with God is important to me. However, it’s not always been that way. I had to go through some very difficult times and discover I had no where else to turn before I rededicated my life to Christ.
However, there are still times when life gets in the way and I become so busy that I realize I am neglecting our time together.
Spiritual wellness is “a matter of values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives.” For me, this means a relationship with Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
When I was in an abusive relationship my mental wellness was in a very dangerous place. There was so
much stress and emotional upheaval that my mind had a difficult time processing the rate at which events and situations changed. This enhanced other disorders such as binge eating, anxiety attacks, and depression.
Since leaving this situation I’ve worked hard to find and maintain mental wellness and am thankful that I am a much stronger person today. However, that does not mean that there are not still moments when I struggle with PTSD or not being in control.
Even though I was unaware of it at the time all of this was part of my mental well-being.
Mental wellness is classified as “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.” Wikipedia added the following to the definition, “the absence of mental illness.”
According to the Mental Health Organization, “mental health includes “subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others.”
Some of the conditions that are recognized as mental illnesses include:
Anxiety or Panic Disorders
Mood Disorders such as depression
Psychotic disorders such as hallucinations or schizophrenia
Eating Disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating
Personality Disorders such as split personality, paranoid personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder
Impulse Control disorders
Addiction disorders such as drugs and alcohol, shopping, or relationships
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Obsessive Control Disorders
So why is mental health important? Because as described by the author at Wikipedia, “mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achievepsychological resilience.”
Do you have a balance between life’s activities and the efforts to mentally process situations life throws your way?
Physical wellness is one of the most talked about aspects we discuss in our society.
Every one wants to look like the super models on the cover of magazines.
Here at The Wellness Life, we are not concerned with looking like a supermodel. However, we are concerned with being physically fit. The goal is to have a healthy body from the inside out.
This means learning to exercise and gain strength, eating nutritionally rich foods, being in comparitively good health and being at a relatively healthy BMI.
I’ll admit that I struggle with physical wellness and if you followed my journey on my main site at DianaLeaghMatthews you will have seen that struggle. I’ll share more with you dear readers as we move forward.
What is your greatest struggle with physical wellness?
Welcome to The Wellness Life. This is a new series I am excited to begin on Tuesday’s.
Eight years ago, I was in the middle of an abusive situation. I had been completely stripped down from the self-confident woman I’d been years earlier to an emotional and physical wreck.
In January 2009, I returned to my family and began the process of rebuilding my life. This was a long process and in some areas I still have many miles to go.
That is why living a life of Wellness is so important to me. Not just in one area of our lives, but in all areas of our lives. Often you will see six or seven areas of life wellness, but while thinking about it I came up with 12 different areas for us to focus on.
I have some of these areas in which I’ve made much progress, but many others in which I have struggled, stumbled and failed more than I’ve succeeded. However, I refuse to give up believing that one day with God’s help I will reach that area of wellness.
So what are those areas in The Wellness Life:
Rest and Relaxation
Over the coming weeks we will take an in-depth look and definition of each of these areas for a life of wellness.
Where do you struggle the most in your wellness life?
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had to start over. The reasons for this are varied, but include moving, divorce, starting a new job, returning to college, etc.
With the new year here, we are all making new resolutions. Often this includes losing weight. Yet, two weeks later we’ve given up. New resolutions are all part of starting over and learning new ways and techniques to improve ourselves.
Starting over can be exciting when thinking about the new possibilities. Each change brings new hopes and dreams.
Adjustment takes time
Embrace the experience
Be thankful for the opportunity
Look forward—what hopes and dreams does this experience open up