Let’s be real, life is not always sunshine and rainbows. We go through lots of challenges and struggles throughout our lives.
Sometimes, certain setbacks can leave a significant imprint on us mentally and emotionally, and with all the distractions and busyness of life, we rarely ever pay attention to how it is impacting our well-being.
Many of us often live our lives with the baggage of the past. Things that never got a chance to get fully processed and sorted within our minds.
It is almost as if there are open case files that we keep throwing at the back of the room without resolving and sorting them out. Those files and scattered papers keep on piling up at the back until one day the room overflows with papers and then we find it overwhelming to sort it out at that stage.
It is essential for us to take some time out regularly to sort our minds and emotions on time, to keep healing internally and externally so that we are able to live our lives to the fullest.
People, challenges, events, come and go through our lives. There will be great times and there will be some setback as well. It’s a part of life. But what determines the quality of our existence is how we handle and manage ourselves.
A person can choose to lose control in the face of challenges and be miserable throughout that tough phase. Or they can choose to face those challenging times with patience, perseverance, gratitude, and a smile on their face.
It’s a matter of making a choice and standing up for your well-being.
Going through a setback or a tough phase of life doesn’t have to mean that you remain miserable throughout that phase. You can choose to take charge of yourself and decide that you will recover from it and improve the quality of your life.
Like many people, I too went through a lot of financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual setbacks, and one of the most important life lessons I learned during those times, is that: You must take charge of your well-being. It’s crucial to spend time connecting with yourself and HEAL.
The effects of neglecting our well-being permeates into other areas of our lives and can potentially influence our future in a negative way. That’s why it’s important that you give priority to your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being to live an emotionally healthy life.
So…HOW DO YOU HEAL YOURSELF?
Here’s a rule of thumb to keep in mind:
Anything that helps you get back to your Natural state of being, mentally, physically or spiritually, will Heal you.
In fact, the process of healing is basically the process of getting back to our natural state.
When you get a cut on your finger, your body starts the healing process to get the skin and flesh back to its natural place.
When you allow it to heal by protecting it and taking good care of it, it will heal naturally and you’ll soon be in a healthy state again.
The same is true for our mental and spiritual health as well.
If you take good care of your Mind, Body, and your Soul, by developing simple positive habits and avoiding any behavior, activity or thought pattern that can potentially slow down the healing process, you’ll recover much faster from the setbacks and lead on to live a colorful and vibrant life.
Here are some daily healing habits categorized by Physical, Mental and Spiritual well-being.
A few examples of physical healing habits would be:
- Regular Exercise (Walking, jogging, yoga, weight-lifting, etc.)
- A Natural, healthy diet, based more on vegetables and fruits and low on fat and sugar. Any foods and ingredients that will nourish and detoxify your body.
- Early sleeping routine. Set and rise with the sun. (ideal timing for quality, anabolic sleep proven by some studies is between 9 pm – 5 am)
- Dress up neatly and properly every day. How we dress can have a lot of impact on how we feel. So wear clean and ironed clothes, and take care of your hygiene.
A few examples of mental healing habits would be;
- Read good books on personal development and growth.
- Be around positive/uplifting people and inspiring environments.
- Spend some uninterrupted time in nature, regularly.
- Make it a habit to take a couple of days off from digital devices and the internet every now and then.
- Take out some time to RELAX daily.
(You can download my Guided Deep Relaxation Therapy Audio here).
And a few examples of spiritual healing habits would be:
- Praying and connecting with God
- Anonymously doing selfless acts of kindness.
- Contributing towards society/people from your blessings (money, skills, knowledge)
- Protecting yourself from useless, time-wasting activities. Such activities desensitize the soul and take away the sense of spiritual richness and wholeness.
Collectively, when you pay attention to your mental, physical, and spiritual health, you add on to your emotional well-being.
You don’t have to make things complicated. We can heal ourselves emotionally and rejuvenate our spirits with such simple habits that are done consistently.
Yes, I could’ve written a 3500-word guide on this, and I might do in the future, but for now, I just wanted you to know that sometimes life-transforming solutions lie in the simplest of things that we tend to overlook.
During challenging phases, when life seems already a bit complicated to us, it’s good to simplify our lives down.
You Take Care of Your Loved More When You Heal Yourself First
One of the reasons that we often neglect our well-being is because we are too focused on taking care of our loved ones.
We take care of them at the cost of ourselves, and we like to call it “sacrifice”. While this is a very respectable and noble intention, it doesn’t have to be that way all the time.
You’ll find that when you are in a good state of being, you are able to serve others better than if you are miserable.
When you are with your loved ones, you’ll be able to give them a much better and pleasant version of yourself, and in fact, be a source of inspiration for them.
So by taking good care of yourself, you are not only doing yourself a service but also doing others a service as well because you’ll be able to contribute towards others more when you yourself are in a healthy state mentally, spiritually, physically, and ultimately emotionally.
A writer by calling, a life coach by passion, an artist by nature. Someone who has dedicated his life to exploring deep human potentials, spirituality, and timeless wisdoms of life with a hunger to share those experiences and knowledge to help others find meaning and improve the quality of their lives.