Wellness is much more than exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of one’s self. Human beings are made up of seven dimensions of wellness including social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. When each of these dimensions are in balance, they interact in a way that contributes to our quality of life making us feel happy, safe, and fulfilled. When out of balance, we may experience periods of dis-ease or dis-comfort of the mind, body, or spirit. The dimension challenged in today’s stressful world is our emotional wellness.
Emotional wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, sadness, love, and joy in a productive manner contributes to this dimension. We see this dimension being challenged in many areas of our lives and across many generations. Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress during times of chaos, but it involves being attentive to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; positive or negative. Shifting ourselves into calmness immediately is the challenge. The good news is if emotional wellness is in balance, it implies we have the ability to accept our feelings, rather than to deny them. This creates an optimistic approach to life.
Our most basic survival tool for stress is breath. Ironically, this is the first thing we forget in times of overwhelm.
Simple as 1-2-3
I want to share with you a strategy I use called the Preventive 3-B-C (Three-Breath-Countdown) to find emotional balance. I learned this strategy from Millie Grenough, founder of Oasis In The Overwhelm™. The 3-B-C is one of four strategies intended to help find balance in a busy world. It is easy and effective and can be called upon anytime. It brings in calmness immediately and helps to stop the whirl, drop the turmoil, and move from craziness to calm in 60 seconds.
7 Steps To Emotional Balance
- Look around you and acknowledge where you are.
- Let your eyes take in the colors and all the objects around you.
- Find one object or one color that appeals to you.
- Let your hands rest on your belly as you inhale, softly and focus on the color or object. Invite the color, the texture, and the form to come into you.
- Inhale and exhale three times and invite the beauty to come into your breath and into your being.
- Take a little time to absorb what just happened. Notice your heart rate has slowed, you may feel calmer than before, your mind is less busy.
- Give yourself time to appreciate this and integrate the calm. Now allow yourself to move forward with clarity and respond with a calmer heart. To learn more, visit KarenGomezConsulting.com