Monday, January 9, 2012

Balance in Wellness

Most of us have grown up with the idea of having good health and health is usually defined as the absence of disease or injury. It can also be classified as the general condition of the body and mind.
A newer concept is that of "Wellness" which refers to optimal health and vitality - not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. This is a possibility if one is willing to take responsibility or their own health instead of placing that responsibility on others.

In my quest for overall wellness, I have discovered several areas that we need to focus on to create balance in our life:
  • Spiritual Wellness/Emotional Wellness: these two, in my opinion, overlap. As a believer, the Word of God brings great comfort and gives you principles to govern yourself therefore bringing joy and purpose in life. In turn, mental wellness is achieved through these principles as you meditate on them. This leads to the ability to love, get rid of negative emotions and forgive which are all very healing....."As a man thinks in his heart so is he" Proverbs 23:7
  • Mental Wellness: gives you opportunity to challenge your mind through continuing education through life or mastering new skills. Mental stimulation improves brain function and actually protects against cognitive decline. The saying "use it or lose it" is very true!
  • Physical Wellness: includes good nutritional practices, exercise and using natural means to heal the body such as herbs when the body is sick. Even if not sick, the use of herbs for optimum physical wellness is important such as Gotu Kola, Astragalus or Ashwagandha. (look below for uses of these herbs)
  • Interpersonal Wellness: God created us for community and acquiring and upholding healthy relationships is a huge factor in our physical and emotional health. Think of when you've been upset with someone - did you even feel like eating?
  • Environmental Wellness: allows one to have a healthy environment free of toxins. One way to achieve this at home is by using non-toxic cleaners such as Shaklee's line of green cleaning products. They are very economical and work great! I love "Scour off" - works great in the bathroom and the kitchen! Shaklee's BasicH has a million uses and is a staple in our home.
Of course, I'm sure there are more areas to achieve wellness in our life but those are the ones I wanted to focus on. There are times, as I mentioned above, that you need to add herbs to help achieve your wellness goals.

Here are some herbs for everyday use -
Gotu Kola: is considered a rejuvenating herb and has been used to increase vitality, prolong life and enhance learning and memory
Astragalus: is a general immune system tonic and promotes endurance and stamina
Ashwagandha: considered an adaptogenic herb that promotes vitality and vigor

If you're having trouble sleeping, Valerian extract is a relaxing sedative and reduces stress, anxiety, nervousness and irritability.
St. John's Wort is also good as a mild sedative and antidepressant.
Believe it or not, Catnip is not just for cats. It's also mild sedative and is used as a calming formula especially for children.

Basically, wellness is more than just popping a pill and hoping for the best. We are a triune being and with so many others factors affecting our health, achieving wellness is an everyday task but with God's help, we can overcome!

Please let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you! =D

"Our soul waits for the Lord, He is our help and our shield...." Psalm 33:20

Monday, January 2, 2012

Six Needs You Will Have in 2012

Happy New Year!!!!

My key word for this year is HOPE and I wait with anticipation at what the Lord will have in store for us this year. We read the story of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 of how the people of Israel were faced with a great army and they prayed, fasted and cried out to the Lord. The Lord delivered them as they sang & worshiped Him. He said "The battle is not yours but God's!" Praise God that He will deliver us in our trials!

There will be good and bad and unfortunately the year started off with a "bang" (no pun intended) as my 21 yr old son rear-ended some lady on New Year's day. Thankfully he was fine but his brand new Mitsubishi was hurt pretty bad. It's in the repair shop now and we'll have to wait for the appraiser to determine the damage.

Sigh.....then my 24 yr old daughter called me in the middle of the night saying someone stole her wallet with all her tip earnings from hostessing all weekend - $400 cash! I immediately started praying and a song came to my mind. It was Luke 14:27 "Peace I leave with not let your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid". I shared with my daughter and left it in God's hands. She just called me saying that someone found her wallet with all the money still in there! haha! Praise God again!

I'd like to also share part of the devotional I read this morning.
Six needs you are certain to have in 2012:
As you pass through the door of 2011 and enter the door of 2012, here are six of the needs you are certain to have...
1. There will be the need for prayer
2. There will be the need to trust
3. There will be the need to obey
4. There will be the need to forgive
5. There will be the need to be faithful
6. There will be the need for Jesus
One thing you can be certain about in the coming year is that you can't be certain about what is ahead. This is a great blessing, because you do not need to know. To know what is ahead and the details of what will happen would be too great a burden to carry and too great a responsibility to bear.

What you do need to know about the future is not what is ahead of you, but Who is ahead of you. It is the Lord who goes before you, is ahead of you, and is preparing the way for you. Your future is in His sure, strong, caring hands.

My prayer for you in 2012 is that you have a healthy & prosperous New Year!!! Be blessed.