It’s All Connected

May 22, 2020

Categories: Health

I remember one day I woke up feeling sluggish. I was tired, and couldn’t seem to get myself going. I struggled through my workday, always feeling a bit off. I was also grumpy and short with the people I interacted with.

The day after that, on the other hand, I woke up feeling alert. My mind was sharp, and I had a lot of energy. I accomplished quite a lot, moving from project to project with ease. I was able to thoughtfully respond to people I came in contact with rather than just react.

It’s All Connected

What was the difference? I think it had something to do with the idea that our physical, mental, emotional, relational, and even spiritual parts of ourselves are all connected. There’s a link. We are an integrated whole, rather than just a bunch of parts.

On the first day, I had just gotten back into town from a trip. I hadn’t gotten good sleep while I was out of town, and I was feeling drained. I also had been eating a lot of junk food and hadn’t been working out regularly. On the second day, I had gotten 9 hours of sleep the night before, I had a chance to work out, and I had been eating healthy. I don’t think it’s a coincidence I felt differently.

Assessment

If you are struggling today, take a minute and assess five areas of your life.

  1. How have you been doing physically (i.e., sleep, eating, exercise)?
  2. What about mentally (i.e., do you feel challenged intellectually)?
  3. How are you doing emotionally (i.e., do you feel balanced or overwhelmed, do you have space to check in with yourself and others)?
  4. What about relationally (i.e., family, marriage, kids, friends)?
  5. How are you doing spiritually (i.e., relationship with God, spiritual community)?

It’s all connected, so a problem in one area can carry over into another area of your life. For me, the problems in the physical part of my life carried over into the mental and relational parts. You might think you are struggling in one area, but when you pause and take stock, you might find the real problem is in another area. Addressing that problem might bring your whole self back into balance.

Action Step

Take 5 minutes and assess how you are doing physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. What is the one area where you are struggling the most? What is one small step you could take to address an issue in that area of your life?

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  1. J. Alexander March 27, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Do you have hidden cameras around my house? I’ve not been able to work out this week…I have been eating more donuts/pie/sweets…and “rushing” (which you addressed earlier)…all in all it has left me feeling tired, blah, weak, no energy.
    The small step I’d like to make is to step up my activity today and not eat sweets today.

  2. Joshua Hook March 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I like how you aimed to take a small step here. Sometimes we try to make a bunch of sweeping changes and set ourselves up for failure. A small step in the direction of your goal is usually a better choice.

    • J. Alexander March 30, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

      OK, full disclosure…I ended up having a “sweet” but since I knew I had set that goal, I had a much smaller amount then I’m normally capable of consuming! Baby steps…baby steps…
      I was back to my WOD this morning and that felt great!

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