Nutrition for the mind and spirit…

Ok, todays post has nothing to do with physical fitness or nutrition for the body but it has everything to do with it as well. Sound confusing? Not really, we are talking about fitness and nutrition for the mind and spirit.

You cannot maximize any physical fitness routine without the mind and spirit of your body playing a major role in this. Just as you have nutrition for the physical body, you also have nutrition for the mind and spirit as well.

Make no mistake, just like taking care of your physical body, if you do not take care of your mental and spiritual body, you are guaranteed to bring on disease and destructive forces on your wellbeing…

This is one of the reasons why I call this website Solid Life Fitness; where nutrition, body, spirit and mind come together. You can’t make efficient use of one without the other.

The foundation for solid living is to have balance between these cornerstones and feed it well. These cornerstones can be depicted with the diagram below:

 

Three Pillars of Wellness

Three Pillars of Wellness

I have talked plenty about what kind of foods to eat in order for your body to get the full benefits of exercise. I have also talked plenty about what exercises to perform for different body parts as well as training methods and philosophies.

Over the years I have felt that something was missing and that is when I started researching wellness living. How healthy living is not just about the physical aspects but rather the connection between the physical and the spiritual, the part people don’t see and most often neglect even if they are health nuts.

Wellness basically means a balance of the mind, body and spirit that presents itself as a sense of natural wellbeing. You also learn in wellness to listen to your body. Don’t treat symptoms but rather treat the root cause of your illness or disease.

So what do I have to do in order to have a balanced life, a wellness life?

From the diagram above, I have tackled the body side of the triangle enough. So I will go into the mind and spirit a little bit here although you can dedicate an entire blog site with any one of these subjects.

The Spiritual side…

This can vary from one person to the next. Spiritual wellness is the belief that you and others have a value and purpose in life. That there is a plan and you are part of that plan and participate in that plan. For some people it can be a religious belief, for others maybe something more mystical or abstract, but the bottom line is that your life didn’t happen by coincidence. You have a belief or core values.

Part of spiritual wellness also involves in the belief of doing unto others as they would do unto you in a positive way. Do not be close minded if your beliefs are different than someone else’s or if they even clash. Spiritual wellness when executed properly, allows you to see other peoples core value from a different perspective, their perspective.

It also involves to not only believe in your core values but to also live them. You can’t have spiritual harmony if you believe in one thing and do the opposite. There is constant conflict in your mind if you do these kind of things. How many people do you know that go to a house of worship every week yet totally do the opposite of what is preached once they leave? This destroys spiritual wellness.

So how does one achieve spiritual wellness?

Define your purpose, your core values. This is your life’s path…

Spend time to relax each day, have time for prayer and/or meditation. Even if it is ten minutes, that is enough and convenient so that it can be done anywhere at any time. If you are at work and want to do it there in order to get a spiritual realignment during the day, find a tranquil place to do this, whether it is in or out of the building where you work. This is the exercise of the spirit and mind…

Make decisions and take actions based on your core values so there is no conflict in your life…

Acceptance of others views…

Creating balance in your life, your personal needs with those of friends or family members. Leave your ego at the door…

Be compassionate with others…

Don’t hold grudges, let it go…

Follow a faith that you feel comfortable with…

Be closer to nature, modern society, while having many good merits, also has lots of negatives.  Nature puts your spirit in harmony with the basics of life…

What about mental wellness?

Mental wellness has many similarities to spiritual so it can be confusing to describe. Mental wellness is your mindset, what makes you tick. Your thoughts can either give you growth or destroy you. There have been enough studies to show that negative thoughts destroys body cells. It impacts how your body functions biologically.

To show how spiritual and mental wellness are closely tied, you can have a great set of core values, believe in them (spiritual wellness) but your thoughts and actions go against these values (mental wellness). The two have to be in sync with each other, and if they are not, you are in a constant battle in your mind between right and wrong which leads, at a molecular level, to a slow but eventual catastrophic failure in your body’s wellness.

So how does one achieve mental wellness?

There are very simple things to do to exercise your mental wellness.

Be positive, think positive, act positive…

Get enough sleep, this helps you deal with stress during the day. Taking naps (unlike meditation for spiritual wellbeing) during the day also helps (see my blog post on naps)…

Exercise! I know this is for the physical body but exercise promotes hormones in your body that have a positive influence on your brain. It reduces stress. Make sure it is a regular routine…

Talk to people. Listening and speaking stimulates the mind, gives people different perspectives. Interacting with people is an exercise for the brain since it has to assimilate what is being said and developing feedback based on the conversation. It is subtle but effective. People’s brain power quickly decline in nursing homes or being single because they do not socialize…

Pick up new skills or hobby.   Again, it stimulates the brain. If you are thinking, especially thinking of something you have never done before, your brain is creating new neuron pathways which is like building muscles on your body. Studies have shown that you can do this at any age…

Play games, crossword puzzles, chess or even new apps for your phone or tablet which exercises the mind. This is a great way to prevent or defer dementia…

Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (read my blog post on shakes and fiber), such as salmon, tuna and many different types of seeds…

Surround yourself with positivity, practice self-talk; the art of positive sentences for any particular issue or obstacle you are trying to overcome. The mind can be re-programmed to do the impossible through this method…

I hope this helps in starting a path to overall wellness. It take mind, spirit and body to be fed the right nutrition to achieve…Fit Forlife!

 

 

 

 

 

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