Life can feel like a never-ending cycle of stress, planning, and work. When we become engrossed in day-to-day living, allowing our circumstances to rule our emotions, it takes a toll. As we allow the stressors of life to nestle in, it becomes the ruler of all that we are—mind, body, and spirit. The following are just a few ways to take back control and become fit spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Invest in Yourself
In a world that thrives on progress, tangible success, and hard work, it’s easy to lose our sense of identity. One of the most common questions asked when meeting someone new is, “What do you do?” We define who we are by our professions, responsibilities, and productivity. The world of constant movement has created a culture wherein we brag on overtime and organized chaos. If you base your success on how much you accomplish, you’ll always fall short of your expectations.
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The question “How have you been?” is almost always responded to with “busy.” To find calm and balance in your life, it’s important to reevaluate your priorities and set time for relaxation. You are worth the investment in all elements of your wellbeing. Make time in your schedule, whether a few minutes or a full day, to do nothing but relax. It sounds impossible, but taking even five minutes in the car before walking into the office to meditate, pray, or listen to your favorite music can uplift your spirits.
Feed Your Soul
Your spiritual and emotional wellbeing are key elements to living a well-rounded life. When we allow our emotions to dictate our decisions, it can lead to an influx of stress and anxiety. Find a church community to support you spiritually, and you’ll see a change in every aspect of your life. When your responses to life’s challenges are Christ-centered, not circumstantial, you can tackle them with trust and confidence.
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Every church community is different, but the overall purpose is the same, love God and love people. When you join a church, look for opportunities to get involved and dive deeper. Join a small group, participate in community outreach, or volunteer in children’s ministry. If you’re not a hands-on person, consider helping with administrative duties in the church. The office staff is always in search of help with data entry or ordering supplies like study bibles and Advent candles.
Take Care of Your Body
Your body is a vessel, constantly changing and adapting. To remain healthy from head to toe, it’s important to place care on your physical wellbeing. Regular check-ups with a primary doctor are key to remaining strong and healthy. If you’re weary to seek medical care in fear of the cost, there are options. Medishare health insurance plans are Biblically-designed with the idea that, as Christians, we are called to support one another. As part of the Christian Care Ministry, they provide affordable help through faith-based cost-sharing. Having the financial support of fellow Christ-followers takes the stress and fear out of taking care of your body.
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Your physical wellbeing isn’t solely the responsibility of a medical professional. When it comes to physical health, it’s important to find a balance between exercise and diet. The phrase “You are what you eat” is a cliché for good reason. When you feed your body the fuel it needs and set a steady exercise plan, the results will speak for themselves. The connection between mind, body, and spirit is undeniable. When you take the time to care for each one, it ripples cyclically and makes for a well-rounded life.