I love inspirational quotes. Sometimes when I am feeling defeated, I like to pull up quotes that speak to me. Inspirational sayings that push me past that defeated feeling, to remember why I am working hard toward my goals. Whether it is trying to be the best mom I can be, or being the best friend I can be, or sometimes it is even doing laundry for 4 little kids...I often need a little encouragement. I even made sure that the artwork I put around my house and office are encouraging. I want to be reminded that it is important to keep my focus on the goal. Of being my best. I also want to remind my children. I want them to grow up knowing that we get one life. That it's important that we don't take it for granted. And that they understand that everything they do is important. Every action and every deed. How they treat others. How they treat themselves. I want to remind my patients of that too. That I will give them my best. If I can do that for everyone in my life, then my hope is that they can take that with them and pass it on. It's the ripple effect. How we treat others ripples out, like small waves on the water. And even if I haven't seen with my own eyes the effect of those small waves, I still know in my heart that those waves spread far and wide, and they will keep going even after I am long gone.
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.