Personal Growth Leads to Healthy Relationships
But where to Focus?
We often get the bug to take a course or get our life together.
But the choices are endless and it can be hard to decide which activity or course would be
best for us. This article is about putting your self to the wellness challenge.
Recognizing where we are out of balance and focusing on that area will create a higher
degree of wellness. And naturally, the more balanced we are personally, the better our
relationships will be.
The challenge involves looking at four general areas of your life and
rating how balanced your life is at this time. Caution: Examining your life in this way
could lead to change! We start with the most obvious:
The Physical Self:
Naturally, this involves looking at how you treat your body. Without a well nourished,
rested, exercised, oxygenated body, you wont have the energy to fully participate in
your relationships. Youve all experienced this when youve been sick. Not
attending to this aspect of self is a way of saying, I am not important.
Relationships require physical energy. Do you need to create more physical activity in
The Emotional Self:
This involves the concept of emotional intelligence or how well you handle your emotions.
Are you able to access and acknowledge emotion? Have you developed the skills necessary to
share feelings appropriately to create intimacy? Or do you repress uncomfortable feelings
with addictive or compulsive behaviors? According to the current expert on Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Daniel Goleman, we can
increase our emotional intelligence skills at any point in our lives. Only with a high
degree of emotional skills can we ever hope to achieve great relationships. Do you need
help in identifying and expressing feelings?
The Mental Self: This aspect of self
involves paying attention to our mental needs. Like the physical self, the mind requires
different things at different times. Sometimes it requires stimulation, at other times
calming. Many people dont realize they have the power to slow the mind down and to
take control of their mood. Instead, they just let their mind run wild. Do you need to learn meditation, tai chi or
The Spiritual Self: In my experience with people, this aspect of self is
often feared and misunderstood. Many people have shared with me that they have no
spiritual beliefs, believing that because they are not practicing a religion that they are
not spiritual. I explain there is a difference. And when I ask if they believe in
something bigger then themselves, they always say yes. When we explore that further, they
find they have more spiritual beliefs then they realized. How well do you nurture your
spiritual self? How connected are you to purpose and meaning in your life? How open are
you to receiving information about these things?
While all aspects of self are intertwined with one another, they are all as important as each other. Equal energy needs to be applied to each aspect to create balance. Each is critically important to the whole. Most of us favor development in some areas leaving the other areas weak and underdeveloped. As you look at your lifestyle in these respects, Im sure its clear where you might be out of balance. After that, its about deciding to make a change. Both you and your relationships will benefit.
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