Mental Fitness

You are going to think I’m crazy, but have you ever heard of mental fitness?  I was at a presentation on wellness and this was a new term for me, but it is very interesting.  I totally enjoyed listening to the entire presentation, and I sat at the edge of my seat trying to educate myself in this area.  Who doesn’t want to better their wellness?

They were explaining how we have to reach all eight areas of wellness.  They were informing their audience on all eight areas to help facilitate physical and mental fitness.  The first being emotional wellness which was coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.  It’s important that we meet the emotional side of our lives and make relationships especially with family and friends a priority.  Even if you don’t feel they are.

Then there was environmental wellness, which is having good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.  You want to surround yourself with positive people who are going to bring out the best in you and not bring you down all the time.

Of course there is financial wellness, which I am sure we all strive to fulfill and be satisfied with our current and future financial situations.

As well, there is intellectual wellness and that entails recognizing our creative abilities and finding ways to expand on these skills.

Occupational wellness was another area that was discussed and of course we all want personal satisfaction and enrichment from our work.

When we think of wellness many of us just think of the physical wellness area, or realizing the necessity of incorporating physical activity into our world, and eating healthy foods and getting plenty of sleep.

Social wellness is forming connections and a sense of belonging in our worlds.

Last but not least they briefly touched on the topic of spiritual wellness and being mindful over having a mind that is full of garbage.  They explained that we should expand on our own sense of purpose and meaning in life.

I couldn’t resist but think—whether you believe there is a God, or not, the Bible is a great resource for anyone who is looking to better their sense of wellness.  The Scripture is littered with verses about all the dimensions of wellness:

1.Emotional—3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

2.Environmental—1 Corinthians 15:33, “Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”

3.Financial—Deuteronomy 8:18, “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

4.Intellectual—Exodus 35:31-32, “And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze,”

5.Occupational—Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”

6.Physical—1 Timothy 4:8, “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

7.Social—Proverbs 13:20, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm”

8.Spiritual—Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

These are just a few of the wise words that are found in the Scriptures.  Whether people want to admit it or not, the Bible is an incredible group of writing pieces with all that a person needs to fulfill all the dimensions of wellness.  If we just followed its simple advice, your life would be such a pleasure to live.

Try reading the Bible as just a great self-help book that your best friend recommended, and see how it can transform your life today!