Dr. Liesl Hecht
GCU Counselor Educator, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
When I think of wellness, I automatically think of the ever-evolving wellness model and the interconnectedness of the various domains.
Our physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social and occupational selves overlap. Focusing on one of the wellness domains has a ripple effect within the other areas of wellness.
In regard to physical wellness, my mind tends to drift toward what I could be doing more of to be more physically fit, such as exercise and eating better. During these moments, I have a choice to pray and intentionally change my thoughts.
I remember my body is as God has intended it to be and immediately thank Him for my body’s ability to walk, eat, sleep and utilize my five senses. I get into a state of gratitude for what I currently have and for what I may have taken for granted. This alternative path of prayer, gratitude, and intentional thought brings peace and happiness rather than guilt.
As a mother, maintaining a healthy view of my physical body and abilities is not only important for my wellness, but the health of my little ones. When I am outwardly appreciative and nurturing of my physical self, I am modeling self-love and gratitude of these innate gifts to my son and daughter.
I challenge you to think of at least three action items you are already doing that benefit your physical wellness. These actions can be daily behaviors or thoughts that you may or may not give yourself credit for.
I bet you are doing more than you realize. For example, one area I have worked hard to maintain is to get an adequate amount of sleep. I have read research studies and books about sleep, which helped increase my motivation to take daily actions that contribute to my goal.
Getting enough sleep has a positive effect on my physical wellness and makes it easier to make healthy choices throughout the day. Focusing on getting enough sleep not only has a positive effect for me but models this wellness action for my little ones, as well.