Grab a pen and paper:
Imagine you’re 80. Ideally, what type of emotional and spiritual health are you experiencing? Write it down. What has helped you stay healthy? How do you feel? How do you look? Jot down the first things that come to mind.
I’m always learning. I thought you might like to know what so that you can take what you want and leave the rest. There’s more to health than nutrition and exercise. Most of us desire to feel healthy emotionally, spiritually and mentally as well. Here are some of the ways I do this.
- Forgive quickly and steer clear of becoming offended. If I harbor negative thoughts towards someone I feel uncomfortable and sour inside. This definitely shows up in other ways.
- Spend time (ideally first thing in the morning) just being still or talking with Jesus. My spiritual quiet time is precious to me. I savor it like I savor good chocolate or a sunset! If I offended anyone with this last point, I apologize ahead of time!
- Choose to seize the day. Really, who knows if today is our last day. If it was, how would you live differently? People in our very own neighborhoods are struggling with their health. Why are we immune to death or disease? Reminding myself of our inevitable death reminds me to not take time for granted.
- Feel emotions and choose to respond using self-control and discretion. I’m sure you’ve experienced a disagreement with your spouse, kids, or co-worker. This has for sure happened many times in my life. Emotions are great, even anger. It’s how you/I choose to express myself when I’m emotionally charged that makes all the difference.
How about you? What steps are you taking to feel healthier, inside and out? I’d love you to share them.