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‘Health is not merely the absence of disease; it is the balance of mind, body and soul.’ (Hippocrates)
As we move into the colder months here in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s a great time to start thinking about ‘Wellness’, both physical and mental. Not in a ‘let’s do 100 push-ups’ kind of way but more in a ‘let’s find a good balance between all the different facets of our lives’ way.
‘The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter and the spirit heals with joy.’ (Proverb)
Finding a balance has been a hard lesson for me to learn. I’m sure many of you have struggled with the same thing. Driven by perfectionism and a need to constantly achieve has led to one too many burnouts in the past! Out of that type of experience a different way of being evolves.
Psychology Today states that:
‘Burnout is not a simple result of long hours. The cynicism, depression, and lethargy of burnout can occur when you’re not in control of how you carry out your job, when you’re working toward goals that don’t resonate with you, and when you lack social support. If you don’t tailor your responsibilities to match your true calling, or at least take a break once in a while, you could face a mountain of mental and physical health problems.’
Being mindful of how you are feeling is a brilliant start! Making sure you create a relaxing, uplifting environment adds another layer of calm and serenity. Sprinkle with friends, family, laughter and joy and now we’re grooving. Top it off with nourishing food and fun activities and no one can stop you achieving your goals.
Seeking balance is a worthwhile endeavour but it’s unique to you and your needs. That means some exploring is required to work out the best approach for you.
In the words of the great Dr. Seuss: ‘Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than you.’
Take care and be kind to each other and yourself