What is ‘Health”

What exactly does “health” look like?

I HATE check-out lines at the grocery store or supermarket.  I hate them because of their trashy magazines.  These magazines feature tiny women in a skimpy bathing suit and they usually say ‘How to drop 10 pounds in 2 weeks’.  Like that is even healthy.  These magazines and social media have given women a complex.  We are all tempted to buy in to the lie that we need to weigh a certain amount, wear a certain size, and look a certain way.  This certainly does not portray health.

So, what exactly is health??

I told you all that I would be discussing some healthy eating tips, but I thought that I needed to start from the beginning first.  So, here goes.

Health is comprised of 6 different dimensions: Physical, Social, Environmental, Emotional, Spiritual, and Intellectual.

(Source)

Over the course of a few weeks, I am going to chat a little bit about each of these topics.

Tonight, I wanted to chat about emotional or mental health- considering that is where I fall short!!

If we don’t take care of ourselves emotionally and mentally and make sure to deal with our stress, it will affect our health.  Think of all these 6 things as tied together.  When we are emotionally unstable, it will affect our relationships with others, with the Lord, and it affects us physically.

Stress also causes us to be extremely selfish.  When we are stressed, all we see is our problem and condition.  We are not in tune to the needs of others.  We see our situation as more important and more dire than anything else around us.

So, how can we deal with stress and our emotions in a healthy way?

  • pray
  • talk to a friend (or counselor if needed)
  • make sure you are making time for the Lord daily
  • PLAN!!  Always plan ahead.  This takes so much stress off if you know what you are doing ahead of time.
  • learn to say no.  We are not super men and women, and sometimes we HAVE to say no.
  • exercise.  Getting your body moving allows for you to use up some of that nervous energy and gets endorphins flowing.
  • make time to relax.  Plan it just like you do any other appointment.
  • sleep.  Sleeping lets your body and mind rest and regroup.
  • eat healthy meals.  Never skip a meal.  We don’t think or perform our best without fuel.  Also, choose healthy foods that make your body feel good, which in turn puts you in a better mood.
  • take your mind off yourself by intentionally helping others.

Always remember when dealing with stress: 1 Peter 5:7  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares for you. (NLT)

This is not an exhaustive list, and I am certainly not a psychologist or a licensed counselor.  These are just some things that work for me.

What can you do this week to better deal with stresses?

Congratulations to one of my favorite bloggers, Emily, and her husband, Casey, on becoming parents!!!  What a blessing!

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