Wellness. One of those precious consequences of taking care of yourself.
Every person is a unique contribution to the world, but you can’t offer your contribution if you don’t first take care of yourself.
Caring for yourself encompasses three main areas: body, mind, and spirit. The body is obvious enough, but consider all the systems included in your body: skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, immune/lymphatic, cardiovascular, digestive and endocrine. Compare these to the parts of your vehicle. If your frame rusts out, if your engine sputters and won’t pull you up a hill, if your spark plugs misfire or your carburetor won’t breathe, then you’re going to have a problem. That’s why we have regular maintenance for our vehicles.
It’s exactly the same for our bodies. Investing time and money into our health means that we function better—for ourselves and for the world around us. Many of us love to take care of other people. We give them advice, help them out around their homes or give materially. Generosity is wonderful, but it can’t supercede self-care. You must care for yourself first in order to have the physical resources to give to others.
Taking care of your body includes basic things like eating a variety of healthy foods and avoiding ones that have negative effects on your system, drinking plenty of water, exercising and getting sufficient sleep. According to WebMD, “An average adult needs between seven-and-a-half to eight hours of sleep per night.” Many of us have a hard time getting that much quality sleep. Preparing a comfortable atmosphere in your bedroom can help, and so will procuring a quality mattress.
Part of caring for your mind is also physical. Foods or supplements containing a certain balance of vitamins and minerals go a long way toward maintaining mental health and alertness. You can also exercise your mind, just as you would your body. Learn something new, maybe a new language, a musical instrument or a technical skill. Read and write poetry. Do puzzles or play games that demand logic, reasoning and memory skills. Practice remembering everything you did in the last five days. Break each day down into units like from supper to bedtime; from after lunch through supper; from after breakfast through lunch; and from wake-up time through breakfast. Make-up songs or stories and share them with others.
Spiritual health is fostered by feeding your soul. The specifics look different for every person, like a finger print, but they often include doing something creative, practicing gratitude, releasing tension over things we can’t control and accepting responsibility for the things we can control. There is also generally a sense of “something” or “someone” out there greater than ourselves as individual, mortal people. Though spirituality may overlap with religion, they are not necessarily the same thing. Religions generally include spiritual practices, but spiritual practices are not necessarily unique to religion.
When you care for yourself: body, mind and spirit, you will be generating energy to share beyond yourself with your local community and the world. This is partly because when you feel better, you can relate to others better and understand verbal and gestural communication better.
But it’s also because when you make healthy choices for yourself you can also choose to support businesses with philanthropic practices such as donating part of their incomes to charities. For instance, at Urban Mattress two percent of every sale goes to a local charity. Since our mattresses are constructed of natural materials, your wellness will be supported through better sleep opportunities and you’ll be chipping in to help others.
Taking care of yourself and caring for others at the same time. Amazing!
Please contact us today to learn more about our unique mattress store where we promote wellness for you and the community.