“How are you today?” This simple question typically garners an even simpler response: “I’m well.” But have you ever stopped to think about the weight of that question? Do you answer it honestly, or do you respond methodically and mechanically without giving proper consideration to your actual emotional state at the time?
Many people reflect on their physical health, wondering if they are of the correct weight or height or if their blood pressure is within its proper range. Others reflect upon their spiritual health questioning whether their own life force is truly connected with that of the Creator they worship. But how often do we ask ourselves about our emotional wellbeing?
We are emotionally well when our mind, body, and spirit move together as one cohesive unit. In mathematics, the theory of connectedness tells that an object is bonded when it moves as one piece. This same principle can be applied to emotional wellness. As one part of our being moves, the others respond in turn; thus, when we are of sound mind, the body and spirit are able to follow. Conversely, if our psyche is weighed down by the stressors of life, the body and spirit will suffer.
Have you ever faced an onslaught of stressful events? Did you notice that a physical impairment can quickly spill over into a myriad of other infractions, and before you know it, you feel emotionally unwell? Maybe you fall ill and need time off from work. The physical stress has now turned into financial stress. You lose sleep worrying over how you’ll make ends meet this month and lose all mental acuity. You begin to question the presence of the trials and tribulations in your life—your spirit falters. Notice that your physical health has now impacted everything else that had previously sustained you.
Fortunately, there are ways in which we can fight against this domino effect. Just as we nourish our bodies with food, water, and exercise and replenish our spirits with words of wisdom and hope, we must also seek sustenance for our minds in order to create an emotional mecca where stability can live. Start this process by developing coping mechanisms that make you mentally strong in the face of adversity. In doing so, when the common (and not so common) stressors of life appear, your resilient state of being will repel stress as efficiently as a can of Raid repels bugs. Strengthen your emotional resolve by speaking your wellbeing into existence. So, the next time someone asks the question, “how are you today?” own your happiness and answer, “I’m well”, and actually mean it!
This article is intended for general education purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling or medical care. If you are interested in seeking professional counseling, please call The Stone Foundation at 410-296-2004.
This week’s article was written by Melissa A. Brooks-Cuffee.