spiritual wellness

My thoughts and prayers this morning are especially in Boston as the authorities track down the second suspect. I pray this all ends quickly.

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At the beginning of the week my friend Stephanie texted me and asked if I wanted to go running with her this week. I mean really. Did she even have to ask?!

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We decided to head out the door with no phones, no electronic devices of any kind and just run. It was one of the best runs I have had in a long time! We ended up just talking as we ran (ok we walked a couple hard hills. cut us some slack!) and when we got back, we realized we’d been gone for about 80 minutes. Wow! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! We also did an “Insanity” abs workout. It was my first experience with Insanity and it lived up to its name. Loved it.

The view on our run was SUPER beautiful but since I didn’t take my phone I couldn’t capture it to show you guys. You have no idea how often I think “I should take a picture of that for the blog” but only do it sometimes. So to make up for not giving you a view from my run, I took pictures of the gorgeous sunset from Stephanie’s back yard. Just for you πŸ™‚

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We had another amazing wellness discussion yesterday on managing our stress! I think at least 90% of the comments included running as the #1 way to relieve stress and I just love that. It’s really the best. (the first two discussions were on body image and sleep in case you want in!)

Wellness Factor #4: Spiritual Health

I fully and completely realize that not everyone considers themselves to be religious or spiritual or anything like that, so take this one as you will. I sincerely apologize if anyone is offended by this topic. That is not my intent.

This one to me is incredibly personal. I was raised in a family where we were taught that one’s religious and spiritual beliefs and actions are their own business and we need to be very respectful of that. So mostly I want to encourage you to be thoughtful on this topic.

What does it mean to you to be spiritually whole? I’ll give you some examples of what it means to meΒ personally. These are not necessarily recommendations for you. As I said before, this is a very individual, personal topic.

I know many people have left comments on my blog and have referenced their reliance on God, which I think is beautiful. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsΒ and I have a very real, personal relationship with my Heavenly Father that I strive to develop and keep in tact, as I would any other close relationship. He is very important to me and I want to live my life in such a way that He will be proud of me. By living my religious beliefs, I am able to develop the spiritual side of my wellness, which is crucial to many aspects of my life.

Others have mentioned how being in nature is a spiritual experience for them, and again I completely agree. For me being out in nature is one time when I feel whole, when I feel part of this big world in a way I just can’t anywhere else. It’s a calming, completing place to be. While I am not one to go camping or something like that, I do enjoy hiking and skiing and have spent quite a bit of time doing those activities. They’re also a time when I am able to have self-reflection and as I take in the beauty around me, realize how truly blessed I am in my life. I love nature.

One thing I loved about going to my yoga classes was their focus on your connection with the earth. I would often hear phrases like “draw yourΒ breath in from the earth and as you breath out, give it back”. I learned to listen more to my body and to pay attention to its connection to the energy around me. I really do think every living thing has its own energy and it really is a beautiful thing when you try to put those energies into harmony.

(Notice how some of these were also stress management techniques? Cool how different wellness factors overlap!)

I think this topic is often left out when discussing our health and wellness, so if being spiritual or religious is important to you, we need to remember to work on that just as much as we remember to eat our veggies or exercise. If it’s not, that’s just fine too. Each of us are on our own personal health and wellness journey and nobody’s journey is going to be the same as someone else’s.

Thoughts on maintaining the spiritual aspect of wellness?

Do you like running with friends or are you a solo kind of person?

Upcoming topics: Exercise, Nutrition, Balance/Moderation, and newly added: Healthy Relationships. If you think of any other aspects to add, let me know! We’ll just keep on going πŸ™‚

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19 thoughts on “spiritual wellness

  1. I am a solo runner, but I like to have at least one friend at a race with me, even if we don’t run together! It’s nice to know that someone is experiencing the same/similar things you are!

    I’m so happy you added healthy relationships! Healthy relationships to me are an incredibly important part of health and wellbeing. That includes relationships with friends, boyfriends, parents, and yourself. Friends who are negative or who are toxic are going to take away from your happiness, reducing your overall wellness! This is personal, but when my ex left in September, I was devastated, but I was also free. Even though I was in pain, people were coming up to me on the street or friends who I had known for a long time and were telling me that I was beautiful and that I was shining so brightly now. It’s amazing how removing a relationship that was weighing you down can free parts of your spirit that you didn’t even know where weighed down!

    I love this series, Alyssa!

  2. I am a Christian and I am speaking for me and not trying to offend ANYONE in my comment here!! I love you all! πŸ™‚

    Being a Christian and a follower of Christ is so important to me and something that I hope “shines” through my actions and way of life. I love God! I have had so many times in life where the only options are to drop everything and PRAY. And it still amazes me the power of prayer…. I have to constantly remind myself to take time eachday however to thank God for the little things in life– the sunrise, the day, my health, my family, and for saving me and giving life meaning. I had a run just the other day that I literally just stopped and thought how blessed I was to be ABLE to move and run!!–boston really changed that for me too– Spiritual health is funny:: it is the most important (in my opinion) out of all those wellness factors, yet it is the one we most often neglect. It is so easy to forget or put God on the back-burner… to think that your life is in YOUR control… but the truth is we are in His control! ((again I am a Christian and I am speaking for me and not trying to offend anyone))

    I do probably 90% of my runs alone because I can’t find anyone the right speed/pace for me, or to run at my weird hours ((never know when I will have time)) But occasionally I will run with people and it is sooo fun and I seem to be able to run forever!! Love it! I am always open to running groups!!

    Great post glad you had a great run with your friend!

  3. I’ve never tried Insanity, but really want to. It’s good to hear a positive review of it! I’ve actually never run with anyone else, but I do like running solo just because it gives me alone time to think. πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend!

    • You totally should. The guy is crazy. I’m definitely feeling it today! I do like having time to just think πŸ™‚ That is definitely a plus to running alone. Thank you, you too!

  4. I am definitely a solo runner… I get to really connect with myself and with God when I am alone in my thoughts. I wouldn’t ever turn a friend down for a run if they really wanted to- I just don’t always extend the offer πŸ™‚

    • I do like running with people who motivate me! I think one of the best ways to become better is to run with people who are better than you.
      Ok, trust me that’s not a normal thing! Normally I have my headphones it first thing! haha But it was nice for a change πŸ™‚

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