Mind. Body. Soul.

Mind. Body. Soul. We must ensure we are taking care of all three.

Mind. Body. Soul. We must ensure we are taking care of all three.

Mind, body and spirit. The three are connected. If one is out of sync, the others fall apart. How do we align the mind, body and spirit? We must ensure we are taking care of all three. 

Your mind. Begin by asking yourself these questions: How am I taking care of my mind? Am I putting positive or negative information into my mind? How am I managing stress in my life? How are my relationships with others? Am I challenging my mind with learning new skills or gaining new knowledge? Am I avoiding or at least limiting substances (such as alcohol) that might alter my mind? 

Your body. Try to answer these questions honestly: How am I taking care of my body? Am I getting enough physical activity? Am I putting healthy food into my  body? Am I getting enough sleep? Am I having any physical symptoms that I need to address with a doctor? Am I always tired, hungry, in pain, etc?

Your spirit.How you define your spirit is very personal. For some, it may be your spiritual life, such as being a part of something greater than yourself. You may define it as God or nature or the universe. It could be speaking your truth, or following your dreams. However you define your spirit, this is just as important as the mind and body. Begin by thinking about your definition of spirit, then you can ask yourself these questions: How am I taking care of my spirit? What else can I do to take care of my spirit? Do I feel a sense of peace or do I feel frazzled and stressed most of the time? What is my purpose here in this life? These may be difficult questions to answer.

Journaling or talking to a trusted friend or therapist can help you to process your questions and answers. This is the beginning of real change. Be patient with yourself. Be completely honest with yourself. Try not to be critical of your answers. They are not anyone else's answers except yours. They will help you to make the changes you need in your life. To be the person you are meant to be. When the mind, body and spirit are in alignment, you are at your best. Your mind, body and spirit are powerful. Take care of them. And they will take care of you.