Spiritual, Emotional, Physical and Mental Well-Being

by Suzanne on March 5, 2010

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Leading a Simply Charmed life is a challenge worth the effort.  I think we all need to seek balance in our lives to achieve it.  As women and mothers it is even more important to have enough energy to do our best at raising our families while keeping ourselves healthy and happy.

How can we accomplish so much but still feel spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally fed?  For me, the answer lies in feeding those parts of myself each day.  Planning to feed these areas in your life is like planning meals, scheduling your children’s activities etc.  You have to pencil you in.

I have listed a few ways you can easily add this to your daily routine.  As you read through these ideas think about how it would effect your well being to simply incorporate just a few a day. Would you go to bed feeling a little more taken care of?

Spiritual

  • praying each day
  • meditating
  • reading or memorizing uplifting words or quotes
  • listening to uplifting music

Emotional

  • writing in journal expressing feelings
  • writing letters expressing feeling (do not have to give)
  • pondering past emotions that hurt and writing it down
  • forgiving someone
  • nourishing intimate relationship with spouse
  • talk to a friend
  • ridding self of toxic relationships

Physical

  • stretching, yoga
  • going for a walk or run in the sun
  • being in nature and  pondering it’s beauty
  • biking, or any exercise that  raises your heart rate
  • choosing to eat healthy food
  • eliminating junk food
  • aroma therapy

Mental

  • reading
  • puzzles
  • creating something
  • studying a topic of interest
  • learning a new skill

We often view our bodies, mind, feelings, and soul as separate entities when they are all inner connected.  As you can see by the list of activities given they overflow into one another.  Well-being is an on going endeavor not a destination that one reaches.  I challenge you to work on these four areas of yourself each day – consciously making each day better than the last.  Do not get caught in the guilt trap of trying to be perfect in these areas, that is not the idea of the exersize.  Just try and be your best self each day that you live.  Being our best self is a life long journey that can give us so much joy.

What have you found effective for nourishing these four areas of yourself?

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Raejean March 5, 2010 at 6:10 am

I schedule these things each week; some I do daily and others weekly. Spiritual time is spent reading the scriptures, physical time is spent in some kind of exercise, emotional time is spent writing in my journal (I’ve even pulled my kiddos into doing it most nights). These things are done most days. Once a week, I set time aside to work on my scrapbook for my mental health :)

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Suzanne March 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

That is so great that you have your k ids writing in a journal that is such a healthy habit and great for future posterity.

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Destri March 5, 2010 at 6:47 am

Great post Suzanne, I never thought about really all four and how they each affect my well being. I agree with learning new things, I think that is one of the best things I have done for myself lately. I still need to learn the guitar and french!
I think if we focus on ourselves a little bit each day without distraction, it leaves us with more to offer our family’s.

Thanks for the reminder!
luvs

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Suzanne March 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

Learning new things is hard for me sometimes because it takes patience and focus. I like most people want to do something new well but it takes practice especially when learning a new language or instrument.

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Ally March 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

I also have to schedule these things in–I keep thinking it will become second nature, but not yet :) Also, I just wanted to add that in order to feel 100% I have to be healthy in all those areas. If one is lacking…they all suffer. Know what I mean?

Great and informative post–thanks!

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Suzanne March 5, 2010 at 10:33 am

I know what you mean, when one is lacking you feel things are off kilter.

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Karin March 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

I sew. For the children, my husband, the whole family and myself. While I pull the thread through the fabric, my mind wanders. I think about the things that trouble me, I relive certain events, recent and events from long before, I dream, I listen to music, I relax en process. To me, those little hours or even a few minutes now and then are like medicin for my mental, spiritual, emotional and even physical health.

With three little ones I don’t find time for myself very often, so I have to make do with the little time I DO find. But this, to me, is the best way to spend it.

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Suzanne March 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Thanks Karin for the comment, I bopped over to your blog and found it inspiring especially the photos. I would not have thought of sewing as relaxing so you must be very good at it and it comes second nature. I hardly sew but if my mind were to wander I would probably be sewing my finger.

Isn’t wonderful to have something that takes you away like that and really help you puts things into persepctive. Being outside in nature has that affect on me especially the beach since I grew up so close to it. As a teenager I loved to just go there and stare at the water, listen to the sounds and ponder on whatever my mind wanted to.
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maria March 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Suzanne,
Great post. I love the thought of going to bed feeling more taken care of. I really could fit in some of these things each day. Especially if I traded the time I take eating junk food with writing in a journal or studying something I am interested in. Thanks for the reminder that ultimately only I can make myself take time for myself.

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Jamie March 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

What an wonderful reminder to us moms. Journal writing is like a long, tall drink of water to me! Couldn’t do without that one!

Also…there’s a little typo in your post title…might want to fix that! :)

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Suzanne March 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm

thanks for the comment about the typo, saw it immediately when pointed out.

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