Shout out to TheWellNurseLife Tribe! Happy New Year to you!! Here we are, almost to the end of January already!! Holy smokes, time’s a tickin’! I’m sure many of you set New Year resolutions and goals. That’s what we all do when we transition to a new year, right?
But how many of us are actually successful in achieving our New Year resolutions?! 🙁 In fact, a group of us at work were just talking about this. Maybe instead of setting goals of what we want to achieve, we should set goals of what we don’t want to achieve, as that is more likely to happen…based on past experience!! LOL :).
I am not one to typically set New Year resolutions. But, this year I was actually thinking about it….what do I want to accomplish in the year ahead? January always feels so new and fresh to me. Invigorating. Exciting. Full of hope and possibility and lots of “I could do this….” and “I can do that….”. I have so many ideas of what I could tackle this year and what my goals could be. So, instead of setting a specific New Year resolution, I have decided this year is just going to be about ME in every possible way!! I, like many of you, tend to put myself last. My needs, my wants, my health….last. (I know, not good….). Might sound selfish to make the coming year all about me, right? Well my friend, this is where we are both wrong 🙂
A lot of us think of mind, body, spirit when we hear the the phrase “health and wellness”. There are sooooo many topics that fall under the broad category of “health and wellness”… eating less carbs, eating more veggies, clean eating, paleo, keto diet, strength training, stress management, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, running, power walking, yoga, meditation…and on and on and on. But, what we don’t realize, is how much these lifestyle choices all tie into mind, body, and spirit.
When you really stop to think about it, we can divided our lives in half. There is our personal life and our professional life, therefore, our personal health and our professional health, each of which is affected by our mind, body, and spirit. When we support our mind, body, and spirit with the lifestyle choices listed above, we have a healthy personal life, as well as, a healthy professional life, which ultimately leads to our overall wellness.
As we are starting off this fresh new year full of opportunity and possibility, think about this structure. Think about how intimately intertwined every aspect of our life is, each thing affecting the next. The first challenge for TWNL tribe in 2019 is to understand this structure. Once we have a true understanding of the interconnectedness in this structure, we can start to look at the building blocks that can be put together to achieve personal and professional health.
We will be on this wellness journey together! It is time to focus on what we need as healthcare professionals for our own health and wellbeing 🙂 Until next time…
Be Good To Yourself,