As someone who celebrates Christmas, this past week was a busy one. The holiday season can take its toll on us in many ways, and while I tend to shine a spotlight on mental wellness during the holidays, there are other areas of wellness that are important to remember. Sometimes I forget about the connection between my physical health and my mental health, but when I forget to take care of my wellness, my body reminds me in a major way.
I’ve written about the link between the different areas of health before, but I also know how much I focus on the mental aspect of things. While that’s good for my wellness most of the time, sometimes that leads to neglect in other areas of health that need attention.
During the holidays, one of the biggest areas that’s neglected is our physical health. It’s easy to understand why we might not eat as healthy during the holidays, and that doesn’t necessarily have to affect people so heavily. But for me, the combination of a different diet and less exercise than usual made me feel a little more sluggish than normal. And instead of acknowledging and understanding that, my first thought was that my mental health was in a rough place.
There are many forms of wellness, and it’s important that they don’t get neglected for long periods of time. But there’s a lot going on this time of year, and it’s easy to forget how long an area of your wellness has been neglected. For instance, I went almost a full week without meditation (something I’ve grown used to doing multiple times per week), and didn’t acknowledge the impact that had on me.
We’re not always going to feel like our best physical selves during this time of year, and that’s okay. Where it turns to trouble is if we beat ourselves up for doing so, or think that another area of our wellness is lacking because of how we feel physically. Everyone deserves time to rest and relax, to eat delicious food they don’t normally eat and have fun in ways that make them feel good.
It’s been a long, hard year, and unlike most years, this one has a harsher ending than most. If you don’t feel 100% in every aspect of your wellness, that’s okay. Take the time you need to rest, recharge, and lift yourself up in the areas you need it, and remember that lacking in an area of wellness is normal, and even expected sometimes. Wishing everyone all the strength they need for the week ahead!