In a perfect world, life would flow the way we want it to all the time. We would blissfully wake up in the morning, plan out our day, do what’s required of us, enjoy our down time, spend time with family and friends, go to bed, get back up and start all over again. We would smile and everything would be ok. Nothing would break or ruin our routine; things would just flow. We would have holistic wellness all the time… in a perfect world.
But reality is, life doesn’t always work as smoothly as we want it to, when we want it to. This can be for many reasons. Things happen! But we as people also have our factors we play. We tend to get burned out or even slow down. There can be many contributors to this. Whether something is repetitive, or we’ve lost interest, or we are simply exhausted, somewhere along the line our balance is off. I want to focus on exhaustion today.
When we feel exhausted, our body is usually talking to us. Here’s something I’ve learned: when every part of what makes up a person (physical, mental, spiritual, social) is well, the person is holistically well. Just because a person isn’t sick, doesn’t mean they are well on a holistic scheme. Sometimes the mind is in an unhealthy or exhausted state. Sometimes our spiritual life is too. We should strive to make an equal amount of time for all parts of ourselves. Learn to take breaks. But anyways, that’s for another blog post.
More times than not, our physical wellness is the issue. Overexerting ourselves can cause the body to be tired. However, a lot of times it’s the things we consume that slow us down. For me personally, this was the case.
I had been off for 2 months from my job during the pandemic. While I was home, I had more time to cook my own food, clear my mind, body, and spirit. I was able to unload in my space and before God. Then May came rolling around, and a lot of things started picking back up in my life again. A lot of restarts and new beginnings. For one, when I started working again, I would get up early in the mornings. I went back to drinking coffee. I started loading up on junk to get me through the day. I drank less water because I was so busy at work. Before I knew it. I was retaining unwanted weight, and feeling so sluggish. On my days off, whenever I tried getting work done around the house, 30 min breaks turned into 1hr -2hr breaks.
In my very first blog, I shared with my readers that God talks to me through dreams. Sometimes, I get those dreams and I immediately know to pray for others. Sometimes God shows me things that end up happening. Other times, He talks to me, about ME. In the dream, I held a big clear vase full of water. There was a lady assisting other people. She seemed to be some type of specialist. She gave me something to test the water I had inside the vase. When I poured the solution in the water (vinegar and witch hazel), the water turned black.) I STILL tried using the water but I quickly wised up and took heed to the fact that I couldn’t operate like that anymore. When I woke up, I immediately knew what to do. God told me to do a detox for my body. A lot of times, we think of God as one who only cares about our spiritual beings. While it is an important factor, He cares a lot about our physical body. If we don’t take the time to cleanse our bodies, we won’t function the way He created us to.
In my next blog, I’ll share some ways I chose to detox my body and what helped. I’ll tell you though, it evidently changed the way I functioned. In just one week, my thoughts were clear, I had more energy and felt happier.
I encourage you to take time for YOU. You can only help others as much as you help yourself. Slow down and figure out what part of you needs the detox: mental, spiritual, physical or social. We are in the second half of a hectic, trying, crazy year. As we pick back up, let’s do it the right way. Time to detox!