Being truly healthy is more than just an absence of illness. It is wholeness of spirit, soul, and body.
To be optimally healthy is to have each of those aspects of your being nourished, rested, exercised, and cared for properly.
Here are My 10 Best Tips for Optimal Health and Wholeness:
Let it Go.
It doesn’t matter what it is. Whether it’s guilt, shame, worry, resentment, fear, anger, or anxiety; or processed, junk food, and soda, or negative, limiting beliefs. If it is not helping you, it is harming you! We are told in Hebrews 12:1 to strip away all those excess weights that slow our progress. So, let it go, release it and get rid of it. Often, I use EFT with clients, as well as for myself, to release those toxic beliefs and emotions.
This may seem too simple, but research shows thankful people are healthier overall. This is a basic principle in scripture. We are told numerous times to be thankful in all things for this is God’s will for us. Godswill is always best. Science has proven that gratitude is a powerful healing force.
Be a Sower.
Every day you have the opportunity to sow “good seed.” Don’t think you have none because you have plenty! You can sow a smile, advice, love, peace, persistence, patience (a BIG seed!), kindness, self-control, encouragement, the list is endless! Studies show people who help others and show kindness actually benefit themselves as much as those they help. We are encouraged to be good to all even to those who are not good to us.
Live in the Now.
We spend so much time regretting past mistakes or agonizing over future choices that we miss the beauty of today. Do everything mindfully, really taste and smell your food; enjoy the sun warming your skin; notice the hummingbirds, flowers, and butterflies. When someone is speaking to you, look in their eyes and really listen. Be present. God has given us every good and perfect gift. Don’t waste the most precious gift of all, this day!
Use High-Quality Fuel.
Nourish yourself every day. Nourish your spirit with praise, worship, prayer, and meditation. Nourish your soul with good books and music you love, appreciating and enjoying art, music, and nature. Nourish your body with the freshest, most nutrient-dense whole food in the form closest to how God created it. Be as careful about the fuel you put in your body as you are about the fuel you use in your car.
Move It or Lose It.
The Dead Sea cannot sustain any life because it has no outlet and just stagnates. The same happens to us when we don’t move. Exercise your spirit by being a “doer of the word.” Exercise your soul by learning something new every day. Exercise your body there are so many different forms of exercise you have no excuse. As the popular saying goes: Just do it!
Guard Your Gates.
We live in a toxic world. There are toxins in our food, air, and water, we have toxic thoughts, beliefs, and relationships. The temple in the Bible had doorkeepers stationed at the gates so no unclean person or thing could enter and defile it. In a very real way, we must be vigilant to guard our gates as well. We are each a temple of the Holy Spirit and we have eye, ear, nose, skin and mouth gates that we must guard and protect from defilement, from the toxicity all around us.
There is nothing more energizing than knowing our specific purpose in life. While that may change with the seasons of our lives, it provides direction, builds enthusiasm and gives us a reason to keep on keeping on. In the book of Esther, her uncle tells her perhaps God has placed her in the position of the queen at that particular time, so she can save her people. Perhaps God has placed you in the position of (office manager, teacher, doctor, salesman, businessman, mother) for just such a time as this. Look at where you are right now as an opportunity to minister to those God places in your path in whatever your capacity. Embrace it.
Laughter is one of the very best medicines available. A good belly laugh actually provides aerobic exercise. Laughter releases stress and feel-good brain chemicals as well. Scripture tells us the joy of the Lord is our strength and a merry heart is good medicine. How true! Look for humor in every situation. Intentionally find reasons to laugh every day, especially at yourself.
Monitor Your Mouth.
God’s Word is very clear: death and life are found right there in your mouth. Your words are extremely powerful and can release blessing, healing, success, and peace or it can release cursing, sickness, failure, and strife. That choice is always yours to make. I encourage you to pay attention to what you are speaking. If you are experiencing results in your life you don’t like, I guarantee you will find the root right under your nose. Dig up those “weeds” you don’t want to give life to and plant seeds of faith and blessing in their place by speaking in line with God’s Word.
Wishing you true health and wholeness.