For Christians, this journey is enhanced and directed by this very personal sense of relationship and connection to God through Jesus. Just like our physical body and intellect, our spiritual wellness depends on nourishment and exercise. We must feed our faith by reading God’s Word, learning and growing within a faith community. This exercise is the very real challenge if, to be blunt, we are going to walk the walk as we talk the talk in the world in which we live.
Our spiritual wellness is vulnerable. This can be especially difficult when dealing with anxiety and depression. These struggles can be distorted into pounding and overwhelming lies that are aimed at undermining personal faith. This can result in a sense of failures and anxiety, leading to withdrawal from the very things that can lead to healing and restoration.
Clearly, wellness is more than living to stay healthy. It is also more than dealing with illness or disease. Wellness involves a sense of personal well-being that ultimately will transcend the various circumstances real life brings our way. Real life can make us feel overwhelmed, depressed, anxious and unable to cope. It can make us feel defeated and unable to grow in our faith journey.
Mental wellness involves the process of using one’s mind to create a greater understanding, deepening our appreciation of life and our world. There is truth to the saying “garbage in, garbage out.” This is extended to the process of creating and maintaining healthy relationships through the choices we make. Toxic relationships are often the result of us feeling that we don’t “deserve” better.
Part of the journey to wellness involves intentionality in exploring the reasons for our decisions in the areas of relationships, sexuality, and substance abuse. It also requires intentionality in seeking professional help for healing and restoration when there are obstacles that interfere with our wellness.
At Bayridge, we recognize that taking care of a person’s wellness should be an ongoing journey, which ultimately improves their quality of life. Wellness is concerned with what is necessary and desirable to be able to function at one’s best in all areas of life; spiritually, emotionally and physically. Wellness is created through the responsible choices the individual makes in seeking to maintain an active, positive lifestyle.