Health is often perceived as physical, optimised through nutrition and movement. But health is not only physical but also mental, spiritual and emotional. And all aspects have a ripple effect on each other.
Have you ever been eating super healthily but still don't feel vibrant? That's because there is more to feeling vibrant than food. There's also nourishment on a holistic mental, emotional and spiritual level.
Let's take a look at the 4 aspects of health.
Physical: What we are eating as well as staying hydrated, getting enough exercise and enough sleep.
Mental: What we are thinking, our internal chatter and what we are letting into our headspace.
Spiritual: Practices that help us slow down, connect with nature, with others, or connect us to God / the universe / source / our higher self, depending on personal beliefs.
Emotional: How we are feeling and the emotions that come up for us.
For the purposes of this blog post, I'd like to focus on the emotional aspect of health and the ripple effect coming toward it and out from it.
Let's start by looking at examples of how the physical, mental and spiritual aspects can impact the emotional aspect of health:
If you have lots of nourishing options in your kitchen cupboards, you may feel enthusiastic about making dinner and feel joyful afterwards.
If you go for a walk in the park, you may feel peaceful.
If have a good night's sleep, you may feel energised.
If you listen to an uplifting podcast, you may feel inspired.
If you hang out with a friend and enjoy your chat, you may feel cheerful.
If you slow down and check in with yourself, you may feel comforted.
If you have a morning ritual like journalling, you may feel grateful.
(Any kinds of activities of your choosing and consequent feelings can apply here. Does anything spring to mind?)
Let's now take a look at examples of how the emotional aspect of health can impact the physical, mental and spiritual aspects:
If you are feeling joyful, you may food prep for the coming week.
If you are feeling hopeful, you may do some morning stretching.
If you are feeling reassured you may have a good night's sleep.
If you are feeling confident, you may be imagining all the things that could go right.
If you are feeling optimistic, you may watch a nature documentary.
If you are feeling trustful, you may join a yoga class.
If you are feeling inspired, you may meditate upon awakening.
(Many more examples are possible. Can you think of anything else?)
As you can see, our emotions are an integral part of our overall well-being.
When the emotional aspect of our health nourishes us, it's a supportive place to be. But it's sometimes quite the journey to get there and stay there.
Remember, small steps are always a step in the right direction
I encourage you to be patient and compassionate with yourself.
Any step or steps you are taking, no matter how big or how small, are moving you along your own individual path.