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Healing, Wholeness, & Wellness

The recent increase in mental health awareness is beautiful to see. For so long, mental wellness was either denied, undermined, or lumped with physical wellness. There is definitely a need to increase awareness so that people can learn how to better care for themselves. But oftentimes, treatment is reactive rather than proactive. So, in the spirit of building a positive mental health hygiene, I wanted to talk about these three terms that I’ve been reflecting on for myself. They are: healing, wholeness, and wellness.

Healing

There is no doubt that we all need healing. I’d venture to say continuous healing. Our lives are so stressful now with everyday living, then factor in the heavy influence of social media, then factor in the news cycle and the need to stay informed, the constant presence of information overload, and you’ll see that healing is constantly needed. So, what is healing?

Dictionary.com defines healing as, “growing sound; getting well; mending.” That was the verb definition – that means doing something to get healing. The noun definition says, “the act or process of regaining health.” This definition recognizes that healing is a process, that it takes time.

So, healing is needed to help us regain or maintain our equilibrium or sense of balance. Since we are constantly being bombarded by different stimuli, it becomes quite easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed, unbalanced, and out of control. To heal from these various things, we must employ activities that replenish us, that bring us joy, and that help us to experience peace of mind.

With a physical illness, you would go to the doctor for medical healing. For psychological healing, you may need to engage in practices that calm your mind, improve your mood, and manage your emotions. You’re constantly repairing what’s broken or wounded, and replenishing what was lost. These may include therapy, exercise, getting good rest, and taking time to process your emotions. With healing, you’re constantly trying to maintain a sense of balance.

Wholeness

With wholeness, not only are you trying to replenish what was lost or building restoration, you are now taking your healing a step further by integrating and connecting. You have grown in wisdom because you know and understand that holistic health is built on integration and connection. Just as society now embraces the integration of the mind and the body, you are using this premise to be proactive in your care for yourself.

In other words, you now recognize that you must seek restoration in your mind, body, spirit, and soul. You are learning to:

  • Give your physical body what it needs to fuel it and care for it.
  • Take time to check your thoughts and increase awareness of what you think about, while paying attention to how your thoughts influence your behaviors.
  • Pay attention to your spirit and what fuels you and what gives your life meaning.
  • Nurture your soul by building healthy connections, recognizing and valuing the brevity of life, and using your time wisely so that you feel fulfilled and abundant.

You’ve come to understand that what you do with yourself, your time, your gifts, and your presence matters. You have a deeper sense of wisdom and a more mature understanding of yourself and your life as you continue to integrate all areas of your life.

Wellness

Wellness is intentionality. Wellness is building connections and practices that keep you healed and whole. The practice of wellness is future-oriented and preventative. Wellness does not wait for problems to occur to seek healing.

People who practice wellness understand that life is full of ups and downs, life is ever-changing, and while you may not be experiencing a difficult time right now, difficulties will always arise. So, rather than wait for those difficulties and then react, wellness-oriented individuals do what is needed to care for themselves on an ongoing basis. Wellness is where individuals move from surviving to living authentically, to thriving, and to purposeful living.

Wellness allows us to see more than a half-full cup. Wellness embraces purpose, abundance, and legacy. Living from a place of wellness recognizes that we are here for a given amount of time and is intentional about how that time is used.

In Closing

I wanted to share these concepts on the site because they are concepts that I have been reflecting on. Healing brings awareness to you that there can be more than survival. Wholeness begins to make thriving a possibility. And wellness allows you to go from survival to purpose-filled practices.

Currently, in my own life, I’m learning what it means to transition from wholeness to wellness. For a long time in my past, I was only surviving. After I became a therapist, I learnt many practices, in addition to my own therapy, that helped me transition from surviving to wholeness. Now, I’m on the journey to wellness and I want to encourage you to begin your own journey of healing, wholeness, and wellness so, that you, too, may be able to live the life that you desire.

Photocred: Brett Jordan/Unsplash.com

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