We all know and understand that our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are all interconnected. It would be hard to say I am “completely healthy” if I’m in decent physical condition, but my mental state has deteriorated. And we also acknowledge that our mental, emotional, and spiritual health have strong influences on each other. Yet, how often do we ease up on ourselves enough to say “I’m not perfect. I do my very best but I’m just not perfect.” I personally struggle with this so much, even though I feel that I should know better. (The idea of being perfect is a very addicting one)
In my personal experience, if we focus on our imperfections physically, we begin to have some negative self-talk going on in our heads soon afterward. It comes from a place of wanting to attempt to push yourself harder, but it takes a toll on us mentally. Mentally, when we start to wear down and become weakened from the constant pressure we put on ourselves, we affect our emotional well-being. And with our physical, mental, and emotional health compromised at that point, we also start to struggle spiritually. Which is a painful place to be in.
Each of us would love to be better at something. Whether it’s a feeling that you need to do more at work, maybe you feel that you don’t attend enough of your kids’ practices or maybe you just are generally hard on yourself and always trying to push toward that highly coveted “perfection zone” where everything feels perfect. But that is the point, isn’t it? Life isn’t perfect. We are not perfect. We all have things that we wish were better, sure. But none of it is ever perfect.
With the above acknowledgment that life is never perfect, and that we as mere humans, were never meant to be perfect either, take a deep breath and enjoy knowing that you do not have to be perfect.
Easier said than done at times, I know. But beginning your path to a deeper understanding of self-love and self-care is attainable. It isn’t out of your reach, no matter how you feel you struggle now. We must unlearn some habits that aren’t exactly the healthiest for us. Negative self-talk, constant self-doubt, and always exerting the heaviest of pressures on yourself to attempt to attain the results you believe you want. It can be a slippery slope and a long way to tumble, but each of you has the ability to master this. I encourage you, do it for you. You are worth it.
We all have different techniques we use to cope with stress and doubt. I would love to hear from you! If you have a technique that you would love to share, please do so. We all heal a little differently. But you never know if your suggestion may help someone else or at least start them on the path to a happier, healthier version of themselves.